A Plague of Bogles
In the sequel to “How to Catch a Bogle” Jem has gotten himself a new job. He is now Alfred’s apprentice and helps to get rid of the child-eating bogle monsters. It is dangerous work, and it seems that there are more and more bogles in one particular section of London—which is quite unusual seeing how bogles tend to be solitary killers. With Jem trying his best to not be scared with his new work and his desire to find Sarah Pickles (the woman who tried to feed him to a bogle in the previous book), Jem has his hands full. And so does Alfred, who doesn’t want Jem or any other child to be in danger because of the plague of bogles.
I can see how readers who love the previous book will enjoy this one. But I personally wanted to hit Jem on the head once or twice. Alfred knows what he is doing…yet Jem is so bent on revenge that he can’t see just how wise Alfred often is. And it bothered me that so many people in the one particular section of London never figured out just how many bogles there were. I mean, it seemed like a half a day couldn’t go by without Alfred and Jem hearing about another child being eaten by the bogles. And if that many were being eaten, you would think that more than just Alfred would be able to go and do something about it.
Like I said, I can see how others would enjoy this story (and the prequel). I however, just couldn’t get past the fact that Jem was not one of my favorite characters. And I was annoyed that everyone else couldn’t really see what was beyond their own noses until Alfred was able to kill the bogles.
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015
AGES: Elementary School