The Monsterology Handbook: A Practical Course in Monsters
Candlewick, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
nother in the
series of books for children eight years of age and older, this handbook delves into the secrets of monster science. Is it true you summon a sea monster to your aid using a stone? Do you know the best way to remedy a cyclops'
? How can you accurately tell a true beast from a false one (and what do stitches and glue have to do with it!?)?
hese are just a few of the questions your young monsterologist will be able to answer after reading this well illustrated, no-nonsense guide to the shadowy world of monsters and beasts. Once the contents of this handbook have been digested, the reader will be ready for any eventuality when it comes to dealing with mythical creatures.
or example, when riding a flying horse keep the following in mind:
I. It is important to take off as smoothly as possible.
II. Gliding above the treetops provides a useful griffin's-eye view of terrain.
III. A swooping manoeuvre might be useful for rescuing a maiden from a ravenous beast or, more practically, for identifying a suitable landing site.
his novelty book also features maps, four pages of monster stickers, pull-out surprises, a removable certificate of achievement and fact files on beasts of the earth, water and air.
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