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Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist (Darby Creek Publishing) Hardcover


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Darby Creek Publishing
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581960492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581960495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–Most kids love monsters, and Halls, Spears, and Young obviously had a grand time pulling up creepy critters to feed readers' fertile imaginations. From old big leaguers like Bigfoot and his kin, and Nessie and her ilk, they pop down to the minors with Mokele-mbembe and Olitu, and on into the bush leagues with the Bunyip and the Caddy. To spice up the roster, the authors provide found information on former cryptids such as the coelacanth and the Chacoan peccary, and data on pure hoaxes like the Piltdown Man and the Cardiff Giant. Pure scientists will bridle at cryptozoology passing itself off as anything but a pseudoscience, but readers will scramble to find data on such eerie apparitions as the Chupacabra and the Mongolian Death Worm. The conversational text makes for fun reading, and a plethora of pictures (photos and drawings in both color and black and white) will prove enticing. A cryptidictionary provides a full roster of mysterious creatures that may or may not exist in tidy alphabetical order, complete with a reality index rating for each one. For a personal reality check after all this engaging hoopla, try Sally M. Walker's super Fossil Fish Found Alive (Carolrhoda, 2002), Richard Ellis's readable The Search for the Giant Squid (Lyons, 1998), and Kathy Darling's exciting Komodo Dragon on Location (Lothrop, 1997), or, for a truly icky experience, Christopher Maynard's Micromonsters (DK, 1999), which deals with human parasites (not for the squeamish!).–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Lots of pictures, photos, drawings, and sketches fill the pages of this middle-grade look at cryptozoology--the study of legendary animals, called cryptids. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,^B and others are grouped in four sections. The authors have made a valiant attempt to find what is true and provable (not much), and their keen interest in the topic is evident in their earnest but ironic tone. Each chapter begins with a florid introduction ("Imagine . . . a night as dark as it is quiet"), followed by whatever facts are available, including claimed sightings. The "Cryptidictionary," which describes and illustrates each of the 55 or so creatures mentioned and rates them on a reality index, is fun, as are the plaster impressions of the right foot of each of the authors. A bibliography is appended. GraceAnne DeCandido
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It's chock full of weird stuff--a sure kid pleaser!
Kathy Witt
In addition to being plain interesting, the book is designed well and is illustrated with a nice blend of photographs and drawings.
Loree Griffin Burns
In TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS, Halls, Spears and Young have done a fine job of presenting the stories of various cryptids.
Candie Moonshower

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loree Griffin Burns on October 20, 2006
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I am always on the prowl for books that will excite my eight-year-old sons, particularly if they don't have to do with underpants or wizards. With apologies to Dav Pilkey and J.K. Rowling, both of whom write fantastic books, I need a little variety. And so I was ecstatic to find TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS on the new non-fiction shelf in the library children's room. So ecstatic, in fact, that I kept the book hidden in my office until I had a chance to sit down and read it myself. It is fabulous, fabulous, fabulous (that's one for each of the book's three co-creators).

This meaty middle-grade non-fiction title takes readers on an adventure in cryptozoology. "Crypto-What?" asks the opening chapter title. Cryptozoology, "the study of and searching for legendary animals--called cryptids--to find out if there's any possibility that these mysterious animals people say they've seen really exist." From Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster to prehistoric cryptids you may never have heard of, this book tells readers what is true, what is not, and what scientists just can't be sure about.

In addition to being plain interesting, the book is designed well and is illustrated with a nice blend of photographs and drawings. The authors include a "Reality Index" to help readers tease hoaxes from reality as well as a thorough bibliography of books, articles and web sites for readers who want to continue their cryptid studies. I love that the authors had the courage to turn an objective eye to a fabulously interesting topic that happens to be fraught with doubt and disbelief. The result is a book that helps young readers to realize that all scientific investigation, cryptozoology included, requires a careful balance of skepticism and open-mindedness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Candie Moonshower on September 14, 2006
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This book is a gem for anyone interested in cryptozoology. And what kid isn't fascinated by tales of Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster and other such creatures that are shrouded in mystery and legend? In TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS, Halls, Spears and Young have done a fine job of presenting the stories of various cryptids. A fun read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra E. Mcbride on September 3, 2006
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Featuring a wide variety of creatures real and seemingly unreal, from the fascinating to the frightening, "Tales of the Cryptids" is a book any kid (even the old ones) with curiosity and a vivid imagination will enjoy.

Authors Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears and Roxyanne Young delve into the myths, the legends, the hoaxes, and the folk tales, as well as the scientific research, that make these mysteries fascinating. With a fine array of photographs, maps and drawings and lively text, the book is a page-turner from start to end.

"Tales of the Cryptids" is thought-provoking, and should prove to be a great stimulus to discussion and conversation, whether you're a believer in cryptids or not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Witt on October 5, 2006
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Tales of the Cryptids has all the elements that children find irresistible: intriguing jacket design; vivid illustrations--some downright creepy; and lively, engaging text. The book poses questions that will keep kids reading to find the answers. . ."Why haven't we ever found a Bigfoot body?" It's chock full of weird stuff--a sure kid pleaser!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina B. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2010
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I gave this book as a birthday present to my 10-year-old niece, and she LOVED it. She's now frequently quoting facts about bigfoot ("Did you know that's another name for sasquatch??") and the Loch Ness Monster ("That's a sauropod dinosaur!") and other cryptids she's learning about in this book. What really shocked me was when I heard her explaining to others what a cryptid was. A great birthday gift for a child who is curious about undiscovered animals and the mysteries surrounding them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookgirl on September 1, 2009
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This book gives a quick overview of different mystery creatures and relates some brief experiences and eye-witness accounts. If you enjoy watching MonsterQuest, you will love this book. This non-fiction book truly sparks the imagination and taps the natural curiosty of the child in all of us. I especially like the rating system which gives each creature a score based on evidence, eye-witness accounts, historical data, etc. The authors give accounts of hoaxs as well. Though not necessarily a children's book, It is easy to read and filled with photos, drawings and other illustrations. I reccommend this title for children 8 and up. I know I was fascinated and I will be adding this book to my elementary school library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Taylor, ND on January 18, 2007
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I bought this book for my 10 year old nephew, who, despite all the super electronic gizmos competing for attention at Christmas, took this one up to bed Christmas Eve, and couldn't put it down. Neither could his father, or his 8 year old brother. And I read it before I gave it to him. Very well-researched and balanced with an enquiring approach to the whole subject of Cryptids. Many thanks to the authors for another excellent book that gets kids to unplug from the computer, read a book and get their brains in gear.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J.P. O'Neill on March 25, 2009
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I wanted to love this book. I did. The design is gorgeous and based on other people's reviews kids clearly enjoy it. I'm all for any book that excites kids, especially on a subject so close to my heart. In fact, I was particularly taken with a paragraph in an introductory page about the authors, where they write "Many of the stories may be ones people made up to explain things they didn't understand. But if one or two of the tales turns out to be real, we'll understand life on Earth just a little bit better. And we'll be glad we had the courage to wonder." Since this reflects my own view of cryptozoology I was primed to be enchanted. (Full disclosure I am the author of The Great New England Sea Serpent... a book not included in their bibliography)

The section on Sasquatch was compellingly presented, the photos, illustrations and maps are all great and the research seemed sound. So far so good. Then I got to page 23 the beginning of the sea serpent section.

I was immediately brought up short by the opening line "Many scientists believe that graceful but mighty plesiosaurs glided through prehistoric oceans more than 180 million years ago. On the land Megalosaurus might have been the meat-eater most likely to strike fear in the hearts of others, but in the sea, the fish eating Plesiosaurus was king."

This statement has so many problems it's hard to know where to begin. Leaving aside the idea that if Megalosaurus were the scariest dino ever there probably wouldn't be a plastic T-Rex in the room of every 7 year old who ever visited a natural history museum. Scientist "believe" that there plesiosaurs glided through prehistoric oceans because there is ample fossil evidence for that fact.
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