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Where's My Shoggoth? Hardcover – October 9, 2012

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About the Author

Ian Thomas has written for computer games, for films, and for cross-country pantomime. He has worked in interactive television, education, games, publishing, and mask-and-puppet-making.
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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393565
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on October 16, 2012
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Most Cthulhu mythos books presented as works for children are actually novelties for adults, basically just using the children's book format as a gimmick. I am mainly thinking of Kenneth Hite's Mini-Mythos series for Atlas Games. Even such works as Baby's First Mythos (CJ Henderson) and Mother Hydra's Mythos Rhymes (Jared Wallace) were never really supposed to be for children.

Well Ian Thomas and Adam Bolton have actually done it; they have crafted a book that is wonderfully satisfying for the adult fan of Cthulhu mythos art and still could be enjoyed by a young person sophisticated enough to have heard of Lovecraft's monsters. In the previously mentioned books by Henderson and Wallace the rhymes are actually pretty labored, and the works are saved by their art (By Erika Henderson and Heather Hudson, respectively). Ian Thomas is a new author for me, although his brief biography in the book suggests a broad creative experience. His rhymes are clever, spot on to the monsters they are describing and give the story (such as it is) its forward momentum. Speaking of which, the book tells of a young ad who has lost his pet shoggoth and needs to find it. Along the way he bumps into some of HPL's more noisome entities.

Picture books stand or fall by the art, and Adam Bolton gives a master class on how to create Lovecraftian critters. There was no one panel I did not enjoy, and I really can't choose a favorite because they were all so delightful. I guess for pride of place I am torn between Nyarlathotep, the shoggoth and the Night Gaunt. Really, the art alone is worth the bargain price of the book.

Now I do have a caveat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 14, 2012
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This book pulls off a very difficult trick - the drawings are honestly creepy, the narrative is amusing and clever, and the overall effect is just wholesome enough to fit comfortably into the middle grade niche.

Recently I've read a number of graphic novels that are creepy - but mainly because they are gore-filled, hyper-violent, and just this side of torture porn. That's not what's going on here. This story is about a kid looking around the grounds of a scary house for his pet monster, and finding all sorts of other Lovecraftian monsters. The monsters are scarily rendered, (think of the 1979 movie "Alien"), but since we have a perfectly normal teen, who isn't frightened by the monsters, treating them all in a matter-of-fact kind of way, the effect is tingly but not terrifying. It's monsters as fun.

And since it's all held together by clever and sort of deadpan prose, and illustrated by detailed and thoughtful illustrations, the overall effect is entertaining, not unnerving.

That said, I wouldn't go too young with this, and I think some of it would be lost on a kid who doesn't know any Lovecraft at all, and this might not be the best bedtime choice, but with that in mind is this really does seem to be an excellent scary-lite kind of choice.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Joseph on November 29, 2012
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A much needed addition to the Lovecraftian universe! Different from other Lovecraftian children's books, Where's My Shoggoth?, does an excellent job with an amazing balance between Thomas's sussian rhymes, and Bolton's brilliant artwork that intrigues any reader to flip the page and help the young character find his pet.

Ian Thomas and Adam Bolton produce a wonderfully twisted tale that I believe IS suitable for all ages. Unlike the Necronomicon, and contrary to some, this tome will not blast your sanity, or brain wash your child. It will just simply expand their imagination and take them on a silly joy ride through H.P. Lovecraft's repertoire of eclectic creative beasties and demi-gods. Simply delightful.

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I mentioned a while back that I have recently (within the past year or so) gotten deeply into H.P. Lovecraft's work. I have read many of his short stories and I have to admit: the man was a dark genius. The mythoi he created are staggering, even today. So when I saw that Archaia Entertainment had a book titled WHERE'S MY SHOGGOTH?, I knew I had to get a copy. I am so glad I did because this book is excellent, a fun and entertaining look into Lovecraft's worlds.

If you're not familiar with a shoggoth, they are creatures mentioned in Lovecraft's novella, AT THE MOUNTAIN OF MADNESS. Lovecraft describes them as massive amoeba-like creatures that look like they are made out of tar. They have multiple eyes "floating" on the surface and are described as "protoplasmic", lacking any default body shape and instead being able to form limbs and organs at will. An average shoggoth measures fifteen feet across when in sphere-mode, though the story mentions several that are even bigger.

Regardless of whether or not you have children, EVERYBODY needs to own a copy of this book. I mention the children aspect because this book is rated `E' for Everyone, which means its safe for people of all ages. But it's not actually a children's book; though it is safe for kids to read, the illustrated depictions of Lovecraft's creatures and beings are vivid and amazing to behold. Kids will like them for their colors and detail, but every horror fan will be pleased as well for the same reasons!

The story of WHERE'S MY SHOGGOTH? is cute, which slightly contrasts nicely with the some of the horrendous creatures encountered in the story. This is a major part of the book's appeal. I love how this cute little kid so innocently looks for his shoggoth...
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