Alexander knows there are monsters in Stermont. After all, he found a notebook filled with drawings and facts about them. When night crawlers begin crowding the sidewalk, Alexander knows they will turn into megaworms and grow taller than a bus when the sun rises. But Alexander’s friend, Rip, doesn’t believe the night crawlers are dangerous.
In a strange twist, Mr. Hoarsely, the secretary-gym teacher turns up missing and a strange woman in a fencing outfit takes his place. Alexander and Rip must now find out what happened to Mr. Hoarsely, in addition to finding a way to keep Stermont safe from megaworms.
The second installment of The Notebook of Doom is just as entertaining as the first. Besides silly monsters, Day of the Night Crawlers adds a new character, which causes some jealousy. Even though the monsters are dangerous, the story is never frightening. Younger readers will fall in love with the story’s characters and the illustrations.
- A tunnel fish tries to eat the three main characters. “Just then, a spiky fin burst from the dirt. A scaly beast bulldozed its way toward the kids, chomping everything in its path.” The kids are able to hide in a caboose before the monster eats anyone, but then the fish eats the caboose. The kids are able to figure out how to get out of the tunnel fish’s mouth.
- The strange substitute teacher attacks the kids with her sword nose. “Rip let out a battle cry and charged at the fish-kabob . . . Rip crashed into his friends, and they fell off the caboose. They landed on a giant bumpy green tongue, surrounded by growling tunnel fish.”
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