Eugene Winkleman is all set for a boring two-week vacation in Rochester, New York, when strange coincidences start to happen. First, he and his Uncle Mel see a movie about a monster called “Yobgorgle” that is supposed to live in Lake Ontario. Then Eugene actually meets the man who made the movie — none other than the great Ambrose McFwain of the Piscean Discovery Institute. Professor McFwain is looking for an assistant to help him with his latest monster hunt. He hires Eugene! Between bites of Greaso-Whammy Burgers, Eugene has the craziest, strangest and funniest summer vacation that any boy has ever had.
Yobgorgle, Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario Review
Yobgorgle, Mystery monster of Lake Ontario by Daniel Pinkwater was a silly, entertaining kids’ book that was originally written in 1979. Even though it feels a bit dated, due to the payphone and ridiculous amount of food Eugene can eat with just a couple of dollars, it’s still entirely enjoyable. I came across it on Amazon, and the ridiculous name meant I just had to check it out.
This is almost perfectly written, with nearly ever sentence propelling the story forward. Eugene is a kid with common sense, surrounded by adults who seem to go out of their way to not make sense. From the uncle who can’t stand to eat anything but food that is bad for you, to the monster hunter who is a bit crazy. More than a bit crazy, actually. However just when you think you know exactly the direction the story is going in, Daniel Pinkwater throws another bit of crazy into the mix.
Yobgorgle is a nicely-paced, imaginative, and adventurous story that will definitely appeal to third and fourth graders and beyond. Check it out on Amazon now.