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The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

Bobbi Katz is the author of numerous children’s books, including We the People: Poems (Greenwillow, 2000), Once around the Sun (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2006), and many others.

 

Adam McCauley has illustrated many books, including Wayside School Is Falling Down by Louis Sachar (HarperTrophy, 1990), Mom and Dad are Palindromes by Mark Shulman (Chronicle Books, 2004), Oh No, Not Ghosts! by Richard Michelson (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2006), and Jon Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio series (Viking Juvenile).

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Nov edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140274417X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402744174
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book based on a mention on Poetry Friday and it has been a huge hit with my two monsters (boys, 7 & 11). The rhymes are a joy to read aloud -- the language is simultaneously funny and sophisticated:

"Scientific discipline insists I should stay leery
and not assume the truth is found
when what in truth is theory."

What really makes the book though, is the complexity and variety of the illustrations: the fold-out letters, the maps, the visual humor. Each spread is unique and rich in detail.
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If you have ever wondered how Dr. Frankenstein's monster views his inventor, what the Loch Ness Monster thinks about being the mysterious center of attention, or the whys and wherefores of werewolves, trolls, ogres and other fiends, just ask THE MONSTEROLOGIST, a.k.a., Bobbi Katz. Bobbi has been rewarding children for decades with poetry at once deft and delightful, as witness her latest foray into the world of the woolly and weird. The collection includes, among other gems, a frightfully clever poem by the Verbivore in which the reader is asked to provide that most important of all the parts of speech.
Adam McCauley's illustrations, purportedly fabricated with paper, spaghetti, twigs, as well as "things found on the street," blend devilishly with the poems. Kids who are looking for a book of verse that's strikingly different--and funny!--will have to wait a long time before this imaginative tribute to monsters meets its rival.
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The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme is not quite what I expected. I'm not sure what I expected, but this oversized 50-page book begins with a poem from the monsterologist assuring the reader

"if monsters are what interest you,
the how and why of what they do,
I know the facts: What's false, what's true,
since I'm a monsterologist."

The subsequent pages feature the monster's reports (in verse of course) about various monsters he's encountered: trolls, golems, Cyclops, ghosts, the yeti, and even the suds-surfing sock-eater. It's a book that is sure to captivate the school-age child's interested in monsters, and perhaps expose him (or her) to some poetry that he might not usually read.
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I bought the latest Bobbi Katz book for myself! Her previous books are on my shelf to read to the grandchildren but The Monsterologist, A Memior in Rhyme, is a gift to me. Of course, my grandkids love to hear about the kind monster Golem and the Cyclops and Medusa that Ms Katz so effectively describes in rhyme - they especially enjoy (as do I) singing the witches version of 'My Favorite Things'. This book is a treasure for children ages 6 to 11 and for adults that enjoy word play of the highest form. The artwork is interesting and modern and the idea of monsterology as a profession captures the imagination. Overall a great addition to my (and your)library.
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