Before I get to today’s review, I want to tell you that Beth Stilborn of the “By Word of Beth” blog asked my sister Josie and me to do an interview about being “Creative Kids”. Ms. Stilborn has a great blog that I learn a lot from. This month she is blogging about “different ways of seeing” and this week she is blogging about kids’ art. Please check it out HERE!
Now onto the review!
By LP Chase
Illustrated by Carl DiRocco
165 pages – ages 8+
Published by Blue Marlin Publications; First edition (November 14, 2011)
Elliot Stone and his friends, Marly (female) and Jake (male), think they have a lake monster on their hands! A Lake monster is just what they need at Lake Bomoseen to give the boost that Marly’s Dad’s golf course needs to keep from going out of business! Elliot’s Dad is also at risk of losing his job because Marly’s Dad is his client. Jake was the first one to spot the lake monster (later named “Bo”) and at first no one believed him, but then Elliot saw the monster and hatches a plan to get “evidence” that the monster is real. The kids try to prove that Bo really exists so that tourists would come to Lake Bomoseen and then increase business at the golf course (and save Marly’s Dad’s and Elliot’s Dad’s jobs)! They think that if they have proof there is a monster in Lake Bomoseen, they can sell tourists all sorts of things like mugs, T-shirts, and post cards with a cartoon of Bo on it! Will they be able to get the proof and save their Dads from being jobless?
I first heard about this book on Sue Morris’ blog Kid-Lit reviews. When I read her review of the book I really thought I would like this book. Well, I really think this is a great book! I love the idea of Bo (I think cryptology is a cool subject so I am interested in Champ and the Loch Ness Monster)! The book was well written and very fun to read. The illustrations were really good too! They added a lot to the story, even though they were only at the beginning of each chapter. I really liked Elliot because he was a smart, cool, monster-researching kind of guy. Jake and Marly were good characters too. I liked how the kids were coming up with plans to help their parents. I think it’s appropriate for kids 8+ and young advanced readers.
To learn more about Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster please visit Blue Marlin Publications HERE.
You can learn more about the author at her website HERE!