Gustav Gloom and the People Taker

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker

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Fernie What, an adventurous young horror fan, moves into the house across the street from the dark mansion of a mysterious boy whose residence is haunted by evil shadows.
Publisher: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2012
ISBN: 9780448458335
Branch Call Number: Fiction Castro CHILD
Characteristics: 226 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Margiotta, Kristen 1982-- Illustrator


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Jul 15, 2016

I read this trying to find books that would be suitable for my class. I think this book would do nicely as a low level/high interest book. Perfect for Grades 2 - 4, or older students who struggle to read but don't want to read "baby books".

This book has almost no exposition, which is both refreshing and annoying at times. I do not think kids will mind all that much though. It is perfect for Halloween or if a kid just likes a little extra creepy spooky atmosphere in their books.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A fun celebration of the grim and spooky, revolving around animated, independent shadows, a haunted-looking house, and the saddest looking boy in the world.
No one knows why Gustav Gloom looks so sad, because no one in his neighborhood has ever bothered to find out. The closest they came was the time they sent a representative to his house to complain about it being an eyesore, and the representative fled in horror to spend the rest of his days in a mental institution.
Fernie is not like the other neighbors, though. She and her family have just moved in across the street from Gustav, and she and her sister think his house looks like a good adventure. She knows their dad, a "professional worrier" (safety inspector), would never approve and sees the house as unlimited potential for danger, but that doesn't stop her from barging in after her cat their first night in their new home after it is chased by its shadow into Gustav's house.
With only her flashlight for company, she finds an apparently limitless interior that defies the laws of physics and is populated by countless, ghost-like shadows that are no longer attached to their owners. She also finds two other inhabitants: Gustav Gloom, who is strange and possibly friendly, and the People Taker, who is definitely pure evil. Her adventure ends up being much scarier and more dangerous than she ever expected.

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker is the story of 10 year old Fernie. What terrifying adventures happen when she follows her cat Harrington into the forbidding Gloom mansion. The mansion is inhabited by shadows, monsters and one sad little boy who guides her through the strange, other-worldly rooms and galleries, and attempts to explain his world to her. Together they battle the people taker and his beast, and try to rescue Fernie's father and sister when they come looking for her. Imaginative and compelling this is the first of what promises to be a fascinating series.
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Jul 15, 2016

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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

The People Taker extended a friendly hand as he strolled across the parlor to say hello. He wore an apron reading PANCAKE CHEF.

This struck Fernie as the worst thing he had done yet. Taking people and throwing them into a bottomless pit to become slaves of a guy named Lord Obsidian was evil enough, but promising them pancakes first and not giving them any added an entirely different level of cruelty.


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