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

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About the Author

Ian Thomas has worked in interactive television, education, games, publishing, and mask-and-puppet-making. When he’s not writing, he’s a games programmer on titles such as LittleBigPlanet and LEGO Harry Potter.

Adam Bolton has painted murals at attractions such as Blackpool Zoo and the Sea Life Centre and has recently turned his attentions towards illustration. Where's My Shoggoth? is his first published work.
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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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My three year old absolutely loves this book. About half the time he'll pick it for his bed-time story.

It would be very easy to write this book off as being for adults and older kids, since it's filled with monsters that we all know are terrifying, but the monsters never do anything menacing. A child unfamiliar with the Cthulhu Mythos simply won't have the context to know that these things are scary.

That said, I don't know your kid. The pictures in the book don't scare my kid, and I don't think they'd scare most kids, but look at the preview. The pages it shows are pretty typical of the entire book.
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This book rates as truly awesome. A game board of “Stairs and Tentacles” comprises the flyleaf: “See Azathoth! You are driven mad!” and glow in the dark ink has been used on the cover! The words parody recent children’s board books like That’s Not My Dinosaur!, and at first it seems it may actually belong to that very genre style, but if you are not a fan of rhyme, hang in there. Each page is an introduction to a new creature, presented with more flair than an RPG Fiend Folio.

The art is amazing, truly worth the price of admission. Add to that the underlying humor of a Deep One that wants to date the narrator’s sister! Imaginative depictions, true to the original description from Lovecraft’s fiction, especially the rendition of Cthulhu, which uses subtlety to convey size, and Azathoth, who is portrayed simply with a celestial landscape. Warning: the boy protagonist’s cat gets snatched into the air by a Byakhee and a Mi-Go plays with its brains, but like a cartoon coyote, it's always OK by the next page. The afterward does note that “no cats were harmed during the production of this book.”

Is it really for kids?
Well, I’d rate this at an age 9 and up, unless your tyke is sensitive. The insect from Shaggai is pretty darn creepy, and the concept of a thing taking out your cat’s brain would be kind of disturbing for many 8-year-olds. Check out the website for a preview: Where’s My Shoggoth?
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