August 20 is the 125th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, author of “The Call of Cthulhu.” So, let’s celebrate with children’s books!
From the moment I saw Julia Keller’s review of Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, I knew I would have to get my hands on it. It took a while to find (you’ll see, if you click on the link, that the review is several years old) but it is well worth the time of comics readers who like a good, scary book. I’d recommend it for approximately age 10 and up.
Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl is dedicated “To H.P. Lovecraft, speleologist” and is partly inspired by Lovecraft’s works. An ancient evil awakens underground and four friends discover they have powers to fight it. The story was originally published as four shorter books, starting with Skyfall.
Lastly, a series that reminds me of my own rodent-infested school days watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Tales from Lovecraft Middle School. In book one, Robert Arthur enters the school as a new student suddenly separated from his elementary school friends. Strange things are definitely going on, which his science teacher attributes to the plans of the “Great Old Ones”– in between outbursts of disturbing gibberish. The first three books in the series are also available for download from Overdrive.