To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened the box that contained this book, direct from the folks at Chaosium Inc. But the moment I pulled it from its packaging, I was thrilled. The first thing i noticed was that Chaosium replicated the look and feel of a real Doctor Seuss book! The shine of the cover, the feel of the pages--it's perfect!
The artwork has an uncanny appearance, completely in the style of Seuss. And of course, the text rhymes and is in anapestic tetrameter. I started reading with some doubts--how could this be good?--but was most pleasantly surprised! The author, J.J. Ivankovic, actually pulled it off! The story is fun and entertaining, and is true to the actual tale from H.P. Lovecraft, yet tells it in simple terms younger readers can understand. I think this would make an excellent gift (hurry! Shopping time is running out for Christmas) for kids around 5 and up or so, but of course, parents might want to preread it to make sure. This is also a great addition to any Lovecraft fan's collection.
H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers is available from Chaosium Inc and wherever books are sold!
Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy stories where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her fiction has appeared in Circle Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, and in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis. She studied astronomy and physics at Northern Arizona University and has published some non-fiction in the field of astronomy and library sciences. She's the co-editor of the anthology MECH: Age of Steel and editor of Hath No Fury, and she is a blogger and general b*tch monkey at The Once and Future Podcast.