By Suzanne Selfors
From the back cover
Pearl Petal and Ben Silverstein can’t wait for their first official day as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. That is, until they are tasked with clipping the sasquatch’s toenails. Gross!
Then Pearl spots a monster in the lake behind the hospital. Even though they were told not to leave the building for any reason, Pearl sets off for a closer look, with Ben trailing cautiously behind.
The outing goes awry when Ben is captured by the creature and held hostage on an island in the middle of the lake. It’s up to Pearl to hatch a rescue mission. Will she save the day or cement her reputation as the town troublemaker? And will the hospital’s secret patient be able to help?
Suzanne Selfors takes readers on an incredible adventure full of mythical creatures and astonishing discoveries that are anything but imaginary.
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Lonely Lake Monster. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!
In a gist…
This book is a continuation to the series The Imaginary Veterinary with Pearl Petal being the lead character instead of Ben Silverstein like we saw in the first book The Sasquatch Escape. Pearl has a reputation around town of being a troublemaker and the reason for this reputation is clearly portrayed in this book. Her curiosity and lack of self control seem to always get her into trouble. Ben follows Pearl’s lead in breaking the rules set by the hospital staff – as long as they don’t get caught then it’s ok to break the rules, as Pearl once states – They both lie to their parents and guardians about the worm hospital because they are asked to keep their real jobs a secret. Although lying and having secrets from one’s parents at such a young age are concerning, Pearl has plausible characteristics such as her love of learning, and seems to stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
None. Dr. Woo has some scars and a missing finger but the book does not elaborate on their causes.
Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values
– Lying to parents at some points.
– Hiding secrets from their guardians.
– Pearl tells Ben that “sometimes it’s ok to break the rules” as long as they don’t get caught.
A thorough discussion of the above points with your children should resolve the issues of this particular book. The activities present at the back of the book are fun to try out and very beneficial.