What It Is About: The Lonely Lake Monster takes up right where book number one left off. Pearl and Ben are reporting for duty at the Worm Hospital. They main goal is to find some more imaginary creatures like they did when they came across the Sasquatch in the first book. This time around they meet a lake monster that is lonely and kidnaps Ben and brings him to his lonely island. Since Pearl thinks this situation is her fault, she does everything in her power to rescue Ben from the lake monster. She enlists the help of a leprechaun that she finds in the Worm Hotel. At this point, things just go from bad to worse. The doctor finds out about this breaking of the work "contract" and has a surprise or two for both Pearl and Ben.
What I Thought Of It: My students that have finished book number one have expressed their love of the book just as much as I enjoyed it. The second installment will not disappoint. Although there wasn't as much "action" in The Lonely Lake Monster, it is still a satisfying sequel. The story brings in the reader in with a unique, special, and just plain fun approach. I'm so glad that I came across this series and it is becoming a "must-read" for my students.
Who Should Read It: Because this is a shorter chapter book with illustrations, I think the book is appropriate for students in grades three and four. The books have been perfect for my average and struggling readers in my class. The format is reader friendly. I also believe either the first book and/or the second book would make for a strong read aloud in grades two through five. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars