Have you ever heard of Desmond Pucket? If not, well let me tell you about him. He is a monster maker. He is very good at scaring people with his creations, which include paint-filled balloons, confetti cannons, and more. In the beginning of the story, readers are told that he is really good at special monster effects and pranks that scare other people. Then, a school disciplinary officer named Mr. Needles stops Desmond from going on the Mountain Full of Monsters ride at Crabshell Pier. So Desmond has to be Mr. Perfect until school ends, or else he could get expelled! This is no easy task.
Some things about this book that readers might like are the illustrations because there are lots, and they’re all really cool. Also, the book is easy to read and the text is big. Lastly, it is a short book, so it doesn’t take too long to finish, which is good because the story is very interesting, and you just want to find out more! Something I wish the author, Mark Tatulli, had done is make the book a little longer, but I am glad there are more books in the series. I think people who believe in monsters and those who like pranks will enjoy this book.
Alex P., grade 6
1. It’s hard to find books sometimes that can appeal to a wide range of readers, but this is one of them. It’s a great book for students in elementary school, young and old alike.
2. Tatulli’s voice is engaging and very funny – definitely a plus when it comes to MG books.
3. The drawings are fantastic. They look hand drawn (and I suppose they are), and that adds to their appeal. I’ve found students trying to make their own versions of some of the doodles, which is a great sign that they’ve taken a liking not just to the illustrations, but to the story itself.
4. Both my boys and girls liked this book, but I’ve found that my boys tended to laugh out loud much harder and louder. Make of that what you will.
5. One of the things I missed out on by growing up in the previous century is the extension of the reading experience through activities, events, and (especially) websites. There’s an entire site dedicated to Desmond Pucket that is chock full of information and handouts that my kids have enjoyed exploring. Take a look at the trailer below, too.