- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Boom Entertainment (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936393565
- ISBN-13: 978-1936393565
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where's My Shoggoth? Hardcover – October 9, 2012
About the Author
Ian Thomas has written for computer games, for films, and for cross-country pantomime. He has worked in interactive television, education, games, publishing, and mask-and-puppet-making.
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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. This book does not take the fangs out of the Lovecraftian horrors, so impressionable young children who don't like monsters should not see this book. For example, the Deep One wants to date the protagonist's sister. The ending is also rather gruesome, with as much bite as The Princess and Mr. Whiffle.
There are a few bonus features that added to my enjoyment. The inside cover is actually a Lovecraftian board game, Stairs and Tentacles. The editor's note at the very end is also pretty darned funny.
In summary, I'd say Where's My Shoggoth? is a brilliant success. Bravo and encore.
To me, such a work needs to straddle a very fine line, getting close to a legitimate children's book and still ultimately being for reasonably mature audiences, and this work succeeds at that better than anything else in the genre (i.e. Hite's "Where the Deep Ones Are", which was moderately successful at this, but didn't hit the bullseye as "Shoggoth" does.).
In addition, this book marks the best use of glow-in-the-dark inks on the cover which I have ever seen. There's considerable detail that shows up when you leave it well exposed to light for half an hour or so and then cut the lights.
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.