Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Kate Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
In the seventh and final installment of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope inherits a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland, but his adopted father, Ignatius B. Grumply, wants nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, Seymour and his ghostly adopted mother, Olive C. Spence, set off for Scotland. Meanwhile, back at home, Iggy has to deal with an unwanted visitor: the ghost of his uncle Ian. Told through a series of letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and ghostly conversations, Seymour, Olive, and Iggy manage to save the tourist industry of Loch Ness, return an expensive tortoise to its Scottish home, and solve the mystery of Iggy’s perpetual grumpiness.
Though The Loch Ness Punster is the final book of the series, it is possible to read as a standalone book. The book is very cleverly written through illustrations, letters, and even text messages, and puns and wordplay abound. Several characters have witty names, like an insurance agent named ‘Garren Teed’ and a businessman named ‘Macon Deals.’ Kids will enjoy the crafty humor and will learn some new vocabulary, like neophobe and neophiliac. This would be a great book for teachers to have in the classroom, as it teaches some history about Scotland and Scottish folklore and is just plain fun. Children will love this satisfying and witty conclusion to the 43 Old Cemetery Road series.