Skye, Obert The Lord of the Hat (The Creature from my Closet Book #5) 247 pgs. Henry Holt, 2015. $13.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Rob has a messed up closet, which combines an old science experiments, a bunch of books his mom wants him to read and an interesting antique door. What comes out of the closet is a mishmash of book characters that talk and need his attention. In this book it’s the Suessol, which is Gollum from Lord of the Rings combined with the cat from The Cat in the Hat. It has a secret mission for him to accomplish when Rob and his family and friends head off to New Mexico. Includes lots of little cartoony illustrations.
I have had requests for this series, and I should have picked it up sooner. This book is like one step harder than Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is vaguely like being inside the head of a child with ADHD. The references, vocabulary and content would be better appreciated by upper grade student, for example dating and kissing. Though middle school readers who are low level would love this book as well. I, of course, loved the references to various books and how the main character, Rob, is inspired to read the Lord of the Rings by meeting the character mashup.
EL, MS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.