Creature Carnival

Creature Carnival

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by Marilyn Singer, Gris Grimly
     
 

This collection of twenty-six poems features some of the creepiest, funniest, most bizarre, and fascinating creatures from myth, legend, and popular culture. Marilyn Singer has written more than sixty books for children and young adults, including Monster Museum, the companion book to Creature Carnival. She and her husband divide their time between Brooklyn, New

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This collection of twenty-six poems features some of the creepiest, funniest, most bizarre, and fascinating creatures from myth, legend, and popular culture. Marilyn Singer has written more than sixty books for children and young adults, including Monster Museum, the companion book to Creature Carnival. She and her husband divide their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. Gris Grimly made his picture book debut with Monster Museum. Since then he has illustrated Pinocchio and his own Wicked Nursery Rhymes. Gris Grimly lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A devilish collection of rhymes, Creature Carnival by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Gris Grimly, the pair behind Monster Museum, leads readers through a festival of mythological proportions, with attractions such as the Sphinx ("If she's lyin'/ like a lion/ but she's acting/ like a minx,/ She's a sphinx") and Godzilla ("Fateful day,/ Atomic ray./ Dino mutation,/ Terrified nation"). Singer's irreverent poems once again inspire Grisly's signature brand of fiendishly macabre illustrations. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The author uses rhyme, humor and a bit of the macabre to create a carnival containing creatures you have never seen before and may not even wish to. Borrowed names of creatures from all kinds of literature such as the Cheshire Cat and Godzilla are given new profiles using tongue-in-cheek humor and a rhyming vocabulary that challenges even adults. The zany, detailed illustrations are a feast for the eyes and will appeal to the quirky taste of many an elementary-aged student schooled in video games and horror flicks. The sources for each creature are explained at the end of the book possibly inspiring additional reading. Come visit the carnival! It's weird. 2004, Hyperion Books, Ages 8 to 10.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A distinguished author and poet combines her sure sense of wordplay with Grimly's command of the eerie and absurd to create an original introduction to 33 fabled beasts. Readers are invited into the carnival-"Our flying horse suggests you duck/Brer Rabbit says, `Hey, try your luck.'/Then watch Godzilla stomp a truck./It's Creature Carnival time"-and are then introduced to each creature through a clever poem that captures its essence and through wonderfully engaging ink illustrations. Neither the drawings nor the poems seem forced-each one seems exactly suited to its chosen subject. Godzilla's giant foot is accompanied by an ingenious summary of every Godzilla film: "Fateful day,/Atomic ray./Dino mutation, /Terrified nation." The poems will bring appreciative smiles from readers who know the stories-and for those who don't, the book concludes with a glossary. Not since Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel teamed up in Nightmares (1976) and The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight (1980, both Greenwillow) has there been a better collection of poems celebrating the weird. Creature Carnival is worth any admission price.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A true feast for all monster fans, this versified tour gathers creatures from myth, folklore, urban legends, and even films, into a decidedly unsavory sideshow. Visitors will encounter the likes of the Cheshire Cat and Godzilla, a drooling Frog Prince and a ruthless beauty queen mermaid. Or, if they so desire, they can wrestle a multi-armed kraken, or take a ride on, well: "Not a horse, not a bird, / wouldn't drop an egg on us. / Very sleek, very Greek, / In a word: / it's Pegasus." Grimly casts an oddball array of egg-headed, pencil-necked young onlookers, marveling at each unkempt, pop-eyed, usually leering Attraction before ending up being hauled off in a cage themselves. The carnival's residents, nearly three dozen strong, get identifying notes at the end. This attention-getting menagerie will have readers and listeners sitting on the edges-and probably falling right out-of their seats: as the mustachioed barker declaims, "Listen-that's the werewolf's band / over by the I Scream stand. / Ticket, please. I'll stamp your hand." Step right up. (Poetry. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786818778
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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