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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Darby Creek Publishing
  • School & Library Binding: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Pub; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581960492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581960495
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I bought this for part of my Grandson's Christmas present age 8, he loved it and had to tell me all about the diffrent criptids there are, it made it easy for him to read and understand and very enjoyable.
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With the recent popularity of Bigfoot, River Monsters, etc.. my nephews, much as I did at their age, have really become interested in such topics. I ordered this for them and they love it. It is perfect for the nine year old to read, and has plenty of pictures and illustrations for the five your old as well. As an avid Crypto fan myself, I was impressed with the amount of content and the open ended way the content was displayed. I highly recommend it for any children 7-12 years old.
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