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The Monstrous Book of Monsters Hardcover – September 13, 2011

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Like a facetious "Monster Manual" for the lower-elementary-school set, this guide to the slimy, befouled and ghoulish begs to be pored over for hours, its small-scale tabs gleefully pried open and closed.
—The New York Times

This is a tongue-in-cheek, interactive guide to avoiding, identifying, capturing, and disposing of monsters, should the need arise.
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Libby Hamilton has written a variety of books for children, including HORSE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR YOUNG EQUESTRIANS. She lives in London.

Aleksei Bitskoff is a debut illustrator whose fantastical creatures captivate children and adults alike. He recently graduated from the Camberwell College of Arts and lives in London.

Jonny Duddle has been a concept artist for Aardman Animations and created fantastic illustrations for fiction and novelty books, including ALIENOLOGY. He wrote and illustrated THE PIRATE CRUNCHER. Jonny Duddle lives in Buxton, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Ltf Nov Po edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763657567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763657567
  • ASIN: 0763657565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw this book in the library, and it knocked my socks off. The artwork and whimsy is top notch. I heartily recommend it .

There are pop ups within pop ups, and most of them provoke a laugh. There is plenty of text hidden in all corners, and while you may not go through all of it on the first read, I expect the book will take a long time to get old. I am absolutely buying one for the seven-year-old reluctant reader in the family, but expect it will be kept away from the 2 year old. As gentle as she is with things (and she really is!) this book has some complex pop-ups that await easy destruction.

An update: The 7 year old LOVES it, as does my sister the caretaker, and to my surprise she read the entire thing to him in one sitting. There is not a small amount of text in this book! Less surprising: They did indeed decide to keep it away from the toddler even though she's a very careful toddler (no, I didn't know those existed either), and the reading level is too high for our reluctant reader to attempt on his own. A more precocious 7 year old may be able to, but the interest level remains high regardless.
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Well made, colorful book with a single pop up and some picture windows. Some of the text throughout the book is in a rather small font & above the ability for an average six year old to read. Not too many pages but the quality of the art & illustrations makes up for it. For the price, it's definitely worth it.
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The monsters are not your traditional monsters of Greek mythology. These monsters are from the author's imagination. Which my 5 year old son COMPLETELY loved! The monsters are at times very gross. But that's what little boys like. There are a lot of little flip and pop up places hidden on the page that keep his interest when I'm reading. If you want a book that a 5 year old will love, it's going to be this book!
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This book is truly a delight. There are so many funny, whimsical illustrations along with hilarious, mildly gross (which my 6 year old loves) stories about monsters. This book is big and has lots of intricate pop ups with a lot of reading. It is not something my son even attempts to read on his own, but he loves it when I read it to him. This book is good for children both young and old.
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The spawn of that apocryphal Harry Potter volume, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the second (and by far, grossest) Indiana Jones entry, The Temple of Doom, this tongue-in-cheek reference book is perfect for 10- to 12-year-old boys. Others may find it overly scatological.

Even so, it is commendably designed, chock-a-block full of liftable flaps and pop-up treats. The front cover has a huge bite taken out of it (weirdly, in a slightly different position than as shown on the photo above), another page has apparently been singed, and the large format of the two-page spreads (bigger than 18" x 10") will give interested readers plenty to enjoy.

The recommended age level is 8 and up. CAUTION: The artwork might be scary for young children. Certainly the flaps and 3-D features of this book should not be entrusted to little (yet disproportionately destructive) hands.

A competing title from the same publisher is Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts.

[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
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