I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Dragon in the Library, and The Monster in the Lake is a good follow-up adventure for Kit, wizard-in-training, and her friends Josh and Alito,
This time something is afoot in the local park, where the three friends discover they can talk to animals (the animals, it should be noted, are not interested in talking to the humans!). This phenomenon has arisen because a wild magic creature is loose in the park, upsetting the balance, and even making Dogon, the dog-dragon (and my favourite character) sick. The three friends plus Faith, their local librarian-wizard, have to solve the problem, which includes a trip to Scotland (fortunately through some useful book portals), some new magical characters, and lots of bravery and resourcefulness to resolve the problem.
It was nice to see the three friends back, and to discover that Kit’s training in wizardry has advanced. This book, like the first in the series, is full of fun, magic and friendship. The plot is simple but humorous and magical, and I think younger readers will enjoy it immensely.
TOTP and I award The Monster in the Lake 8 out of 10 Diamonds.
Here is my review of the first book.
Here’s TOTP doing his impression of a monster!