Title: The Loch Ness Punster | Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road #7 | Author: Kate Klise | Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | Pages: 144 | ISBN13: 9780544313378 | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2016-1-30 | Source: Library |
The Loch Ness Punster
In the seventh and final installment of the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope has inherited a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland. It could be the perfect summer vacation spot for Seymour and his parents, Olive C. Spence and Ignatius B. Grumply. But Iggy wants nothing to do with the castle. Why? Because it was owned by his uncle Ian, a world-famous psychiatrist and the world’s worst punster. So Iggy stays home to write, and Seymour and Olive set off for Scotland—each with a secret.
The Loch Ness Punster Review
While there were a few puns in here (mainly name ones) that had me laughing, overall the Loch Ness Punster‘s allure remained rather mythical to me. Now, I haven’t read the other books in the series (this is the 7th and final), so maybe there’s something that I’m missing but I don’t think so.
My 6 year old reads at a 4th grade level, and though this book is aimed at ages 7-10, she didn’t appreciate it either. There just aren’t enough puns to keep it interesting, and though it was cool that Iggy was helped by his (ghost) psychologist uncle, in terms of things that are exciting to read about or even things that you expect to find in a book that has “Punster” in the name, that’s not really even on the list.
Well-written with a somewhat unusual format, Loch Ness Punster is not a bad book. It has a few silly puns, it sneaks in some informative cool facts, and it tells the reader that they’re never too old to go after what they want. It just doesn’t live up to its name.