The Mystery of the Lake Monster created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are going on vacation to a cabin in the mountains. There’s no electricity and there’s no running water, or there sort of is, but the children are used to it because they used to live in a boxcar. The cabin is right on a lake. It’s actually not too far away from the infamous Lake Champlain, home of the fabled lake monster, Champ.
This lake doesn’t have a monster, or does it? Some people are saying that this lake might indeed have a monster. Someone gets turned over in their canoe. A bite is taken out of a paddle. There’s a strange-looking footprint in the ground. There are also strange noises in the woods. Some say the noises are just bears calling to each other.
The mystery widens to include a scientist studying the area, a man who doesn’t want to live there, someone who doesn’t want someone else to sell their campground, a teenager that doesn’t like being there at all, and a strange man who is always there.
Is the lake monster real? Some mysteries can be solved and some are left up to speculation.
What I liked
I kind of like the idea of lake monsters. I don’t really think they’re real. I don’t think lakes are big enough to hide something as big as a lake monster. I think lakes are too easily explored, and therefore, the things inside of them are easily discovered, but I could be wrong in my assumptions and thoughts. I do like the mystery surrounding lake monsters though. The folklore is quite interesting. It’s there for a reason. Why?
What I don’t like
Ah, it’s the classic someone-is-pretending-to-be-a-monster story. Of course someone is pretending. Has the monster ever been real? It’s like Dan Brown’s lone gunman plots. Is it ever really the Illuminati? Or the 33rd degree of Free Masons? Or the other one, what was it–The Priory of Scion? That could totally be spelled wrong.
My questions serve to illustrate a point–it’s never really a lake monster; it’s never really the Illuminati, although, if such a thing is real, it probably is the Illuminati sometimes. You can read these stories all you want, but you’re going to end up with the same conclusion–it wasn’t really a lake monster, someone was pretending, someone had poor eyesight, a strange set of coincidences led to people thinking that there might be a lake monster, but it’s never the lake monster.
Can’t we just have one lake monster? Why can’t it be real? Just the one time?
Is it ever the lake monster?
Is it disappointing to read multiple stories, although complex, enjoyable, and creative in their own right, that end up all coming to the same conclusion? For example, it’s never the lake monster.