BOOK REVIEW: Littlest Lovecraft Presents The Call of Cthulhu

If you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and you happen to have (or know) children who might like his writing, you have probably pondered when the right time to introduce them to the master horror-writer’s works might be. I mean, nightmares about zombies or ghosts are one thing but how the heck would you go about consoling a child who has dreamt of R’lyeh?

Littlest Lovecraft retells H. P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of cosmic horror The Call of Cthulhu in this fully illustrated volume. When Thurston receives a mysterious box from his late grand-uncle, it leads to a terrible obsession.  Follow his quest to learn the truth about strange statues, crazed cultists, and the great and monstrous Cthulhu.

Littlest Lovecraft has the answer. Author Tro Rex and Illustrator Eyona Bella have re-imagined Lovecraft’s work for a younger age group, taking away some of the cloying darkness and replacing it with a more colourful, but not diminished version. Currently, The Call of Cthulhu is their only released tale but an adaptation of The Dunwich Horror is due for release sometime in November. I look at The Call of Cthulhu in this review.

Littlest Lovecraft Presents The Call of Cthulhu

The cover is pure Cthulhu: lots of greens and tentacles wrapping around strange pointy architecture. Even in the scenes without old squid-face, this love of sharp and angular edges is a common theme in the art style. The pages that do depict R’lyeh do a great job of showing the complexity and non-euclidean geometry that is rumoured to make up its walls. The more “mundane” scenes use colour to great effect and don’t get too bogged down with showing every little detail. Cthulhu simplified. This makes concentrating on the story a much more simple affair than graphic novels/books aimed at adults.

Predictably, the text itself is also paired back to the bare essentials, losing Lovecraft’s convoluted descriptions and dialogue and turning it into a pleasing rhyme that does just enough to move the narrative along and no more. As you read, you find yourself falling into a certain tempo which seems to boost the effectiveness of the book. Some of the rhymes and half-rhymes slightly miss the mark but I don’t think any but the most pedantic poetry reader would mind. It just adds to the charm.

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It’s a short read, easily read in around twenty minutes, which for something aimed at young people is probably just as well. The book is suggested for children who are aged 9+ but I would say you might get away with a bit younger than that. It depends on the maturity of the child.

Littlest Lovecraft have created something well worth reading and have stamped their own style on something that could have been tricky to deal with. I reviewed the ebook, but if I was buying it to read with a child, I think I would plump for the hardcover edition; it just lends itself to story telling at bedtime.

Visit LittlestLovecraft.com for more information.

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AUTHOR: Tro Rex , Eyona Bella
PUBLISHER: Tro Rex , Eyona Bella

GS Rating: 5/5

GS Blogger: Casey Douglass

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