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The Basilisk's Lair (Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist) Hardcover – June 7, 2010
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Nate Fludd, Beastologist, is back in the camel saddle in hot pursuit of a missing, deadly Basilisk--the King of Serpents. As if saving an entire Dhughani village from the Basilisk's poisonous gaze isn't difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must begin to piece together the mystery of his parents' disappearance and protect the lone copy of the Fludd Book of Beasts from a sinister man who always seem to be one step ahead of them. Pack your goggles, rue, and an extra pair of gloves and join Nate on another unbelievable adventure--there's no rest for the world's youngest beastologist-in-training!
Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from R.L. LaFevers, Author of The Basilisk's LairDear Amazon Reader, When I was a child growing up in Los Angeles, my mother had a weakness for exotic creatures. Consequently, I grew up surrounded by a true menagerie of birds, pets, and brothers. We had an aviary in our back yard, a flock of chickens (one of which was a house chicken!) rabbits, a goat, pet chipmunks, half a dozen cats, three dogs, and, for a short while, a baby anteater. However, probably the most unusual pets we acquired during that time were two baby bear cubs. Much to our surprise, they were not nearly as soft and cuddly as teddy bears would lead one to believe. The bears were caged in my room, giving it the faint aroma of a zoo. One day, when I was at school, the bears escaped their cage, completely destroyed my room, leaped out of the window, and ran down the block where they climbed a very tall tree, then could not figure out how to get back down. That was the day my mother decided we'd probably had had enough exotic pets. Needless to say, the exposure to all of these creatures greatly shaped my young life. I've always held a special place for animals in my heart and they have figured prominently in my books. While researching another project, I stumbled across a medieval bestiary, the ultimate zoological authority of its time, and I was fascinated by all the mythical creatures listed in there as factual. Right around that same time, I also read about the modern day discovery of new animal species. It drove home for me just how vast and mysterious our planet was, and who knew what could be living in its hidden valleys, unexplored deserts, and remote mountaintops. Thus the world of Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist was born. -R.L. LaFevers
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"The Basilisk's Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist Book Two)" is a nicely written and illustrated chapter book for ages 6 to 9. The short chapters and plenty of illustrations make this book a delightful, easy book to read (although author R.L. LaFevers could tone down the vocabulary a bit - at one point she uses the word "sundered", a word which I doubt the majority of 6 to 9-year-olds would know the meaning of). The book is set in the year 1928 and young readers will be introduced to a world pre-cell phones, TVs, computers, and other modern day conveniences. Nathaniel is a delightful character, not particularly brave, but smarter and more resourceful than he realizes. His adventures are fun, a bit dangerous (you do have to wonder at times what his Aunt Phil is thinking) and a bit scary, but not too scary for young readers. LaFevers does a wonderful job of intermingling the real world wiith fantasy elements - I especially love Greasle, Nate's gremlin friend - she adds quite a bit of humor to the book with her never ending quest to find some oil to eat. Adding to the humor in the book is "Nathaniel Fludd's Guide to People, Places and Things", which is a fun mix of real and fictional information. Kelly Murphy's illustrations add a great deal to the book.Read more ›
Nathaniel Fludd is an endearing hero. Apparently timid he is clearly made of sterner stuff; it just needs to be drawn out and molded. In this volume we get to see him begin to step into his destiny as a Fludd, although that will take some coaxing. It is remarkably easy for a reader to identify with Nate and his natural charm. Between his appeal and the gripping exploits he encounters it is easy to see why this has become a very popular series.
The book is carried by a light but firm authorial touch. The stories zip along and only occasionally feel shallow or sketchy. There is enough narrative and depth to give the stories character and interest, but they are written directly and forthrightly in a style that plays nicely to an early reader's reading skills.
There are a lot of angles that add greatly to the book's appeal. The story is set in 1928, which lends itself to the slightly old-fashioned Boys Own flavor of the story.Read more ›
The book is about 100 pages, but it's generously illustrated, and young readers should find it to be well within their capabilities. If you have an imaginative child who doesn't think he (or she) likes to read, try reading the first chapter aloud and see what happens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend thus book as the second book to read for fourth graders. Nice short informative stories about Nate.Published 7 months ago by Star
I didn't read this but my kid read it about 5 times.
I didn't read this but my kid read it about 5 times.
Wow,it is amazing. I never read something like that with the whole beast oligist thingy. So I think it is great!!Published on January 2, 2014 by Ashlyne Geiser
A very good book. I recommend it to fiction-adventure lovers. Again a very good book,but read the first book first.Published on December 28, 2013 by Jackson Homan
We loved the first book and enjoyed this one as well. Looking forward to reading the whole series with my 6 year old son.Published on December 28, 2013 by shannon brooks
A tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A must read for young and old readers looking for adventure.Published on November 6, 2013 by Therese
This book is another of LaFevers's fantastic books in his Beastologist series! This is a truly amazing, fantastic and interesting book!Published on September 2, 2013 by nestof3