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Here There Be Monsters: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 9, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
First, it delves into the centuries-old legends of the Kraken and other sea monsters that are believed to have their origins with the giant or colossal squid. It examines modern stories and films that have featured a giant squid, such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Until recent centuries, the giant squid was thought to be nothing more than a sailor's legend, but the book talks about the first specimens to be washed up on shore, or caught in fishermen's nets, finally proving--without doubt--the existence of the giant squid. It then details the various expeditions that set out to capture a live creature, and culminates with the first photographs taken of a live giant squid. What was once merely legend or myth has finally been proved a reality--a creature that lives at impossible depths of the ocean! It also briefly touches on the colossal squid, a much larger and fiercer relative to the giant squid.
From myth to reality, this book chronicles the story of the giant squid in a captivating and easy-to-read format. It is fully realized with illustrations and photographs, making it an immersing experience. Highly recommended if you like myths, marine biology, or simply a fascinating story of how legend was finally proved true.
The format of the book is engaging, complete with excerpts from _20,000 Leagues Under the Sea_ and _Moby Dick_, where the creature took hold in fictional literature and both scared and interested those who hadn't had the rare chance of seeing one in person. Also included are historical maps, illustrations, and photos.
Because it's chronologically told, the mystery of these giant creatures' existence is slowly unraveled, such as how, in the early days of discovery, unusual body parts--including giant beaks!--were found inside whales' stomachs, and squid were inexplicably seen washed ashore. Even with the scientific advancements available today, it's a news-making event when researchers can observe these elusive, deep-water animals in the wild.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my only disappointment being that so many questions remain unanswered about giant and colossal squid. The text ends with the author's acknowledgement that much is still left to be learned, as well as some suggestions on how to follow scientists as they find out more about these interesting creatures.
As he passes through the years, he shows how the creatures were given names by men like Erik Ludwig Pontoppidan, made famous in books by writers such as Herman Melville, and brought to life on the screen in films such as "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" and the recent "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films.
Eventually we learn how science reveals that these creatures truly exist. Fact is almost as scary as fiction once the reader realizes that many of the old descriptions of the creatures described by sailors, pirates, and other adventurers weren't that far off of the mark.
This book is written with both fun and education in mind. Children over the age of eight will probably enjoy reading this book. Younger children might need the help of an adult with some of the words and explanations given.
Overall, if you have a young child who's hungry for adventure that can be backed up by facts, give "Here There Be Monsters" a look. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book on the history of the giant squid. It's very informative. There is a great page in the back that gives you information for further research.Published 13 months ago by Sandra L. Syner
This is a GREAT BOOK ~ IT GOT HERE QUICK & there's not much more to be said..... to be continued....or notPublished on June 24, 2012 by John Doe
This book is an engaging mix of images and text that will appeal to older grade-schoolers. I originally ordered this book with my second-grade son who is a strong reader and very... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by jessbcuz
This book does an amazing job of weaving together the myths, history, and science around the legendary kraken and the very real giant sea squid. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by M. Garrison
"Here There Be Monsters" is a wonderful hybrid of education & entertainment with engaging writing. I wouldn't hesitate to seek more items from this author or series, if such an... Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Stephanie
Here There Be Monsters is an excellent up-to-date (2009) overview of the giant and colossal squids, mixing a heaping amount of fact with strong dollops of myth and pop culture. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by B. Capossere
HP Newquist's HERE THERE BE MONSTERS: THE LEGENDARY KRAKEN AND THE GIANT SQUID provides a fast-paced account about myths and modern studies of the giant squid. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
I really enjoyed this rather thin book. It was loaded with photographs and pictures, along with a history of the giant squid in maritime folklore and its eventual discovery as... Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Brian Reaves