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The Monsterology Handbook: A Practical Course in Monsters    by Ernest Drake order for
Monsterology Handbook
by Ernest Drake
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Another in the ology 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' lazy eye? How can you accurately tell a true beast from a false one (and what do stitches and glue have to do with it!?)?

These 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.

For 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.

This 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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