How to Be a Werewolf: The Claws-On Guide for the Modern Lycanthrope


Celebrate your inner beast —and harness that newfound animal magnetism! — with this essential guide to the lycanthropic lifestyle.

Are you subject to savage moods, extreme and unexplained buffness, and cravings for meat on the rare side? Do you long for super speed and reflexes, along with rapid healing and maybe a talent for telepathy? Welcome to the pack — and get ready to howl — as you sink your claws into this guide to everything life as a ...

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Celebrate your inner beast —and harness that newfound animal magnetism! — with this essential guide to the lycanthropic lifestyle.

Are you subject to savage moods, extreme and unexplained buffness, and cravings for meat on the rare side? Do you long for super speed and reflexes, along with rapid healing and maybe a talent for telepathy? Welcome to the pack — and get ready to howl — as you sink your claws into this guide to everything life as a werewolf has to offer. Among its abundant fur-raising topics:
— A look at good, bad, and ugly transformation styles, including an answer to the question of what happens to your clothes.
— A quiz to determine if you’re a menace to society, and tips on taking precautions
— Planning your social schedule around the lunar calendar
— Dating hints, from the risks and rewards of cross-species romance to avoiding your sweetheart’s family pet
— Killer fashion suggestions, from urban (leather and hardware) to a cute and foxy kitsune look
— Ideas, decorations, and recipes for a full-moon party
— Tales of real-life werewolves, plus lore and legends from around the world
— Juicy reading material and gems of the silver screen

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Readers hungering to transform into beasts when a full moon rises will howl with delight at this manual's darkly humorous mix of factual and fantastical information. In a format designed for quick consumption, three sections addressing werewolf topics consist of lists, quizzes, and blurbs accompanied by illustrations, including stills from werewolf movies. The first part discusses werewolf lifestyles. Profiles describe diverse werewolves existing worldwide. Symptoms associated with werewolves, especially hairy bodies and appetites for raw flesh, are outlined. A lunar chart pictures various moon phases with annotations explaining how each form affects werewolves. The second section covers fashion, shelter, and entertainment issues. Clothing and makeup tips are provided for different werewolf types, emphasizing fur, fang, and claw hygiene. Derivations for both female and male werewolf names are noted such as Mahigan, the Algonquin word for wolf. Suitable den sites and furnishings are recommended in addition to party food, music, and activities. Vacation sites appealing to werewolves, particularly Rome, Italy, are suggested. In the third part, readers learn historical and cultural aspects of lycanthropy. This section refers to Gilles Garnier and Peter Stumpp who were punished for werewolf crimes in the sixteenth century and summarizes shapeshifting legends originated by Vikings, Scots, Egyptians, and other peoples, dating back to an ancient Roman werewolf in Petronius' The Satyricon. A glossary and synopses of essential werewolf films, television shows, and books supplement text. While many readers will salivate over this macabre guide, it may not be palatable for the squeamish. Read with Patricia Windsor's The Blooding (1996) and Werewolves: A Collection of Original Stories (1988) edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This handbook is divided into three distinct segments: "Unleashing Your Wild Side," "The Stylish Lycanthrope," and "Moonlight Mystery." Each chapter quizzes readers or is full of helpful tips to advise them on their path toward lycanthropy. The guide sheds light on understanding your werewolf self, hunting strategies and lunar charts, living quarters, party recipes, and music to howl by. The volume has a great nonfiction component, which includes research on werewolf legends and lore as well as movies, TV shows, comics, games, books, and further study. An entertaining read full of color photos and illustrations that add to the book's charm.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A glossy guide to the world of lycanthropy. The third in Candlewick's tongue-in-cheek How to Be... paranormal guides (How to Be a Zombie, 2010, etc.), this handbook provides easy-to-browse tips and tricks for adapting to the werewolf lifestyle, essential fashion advice for daily life ("Upon returning to human form, you may find your clothing tattered but still functional. Keep in mind that rips and shreds aren't always a bad thing") and resources for building the lycanthropic community. Skillfully blended into the quizzes and lists are pieces of werewolf legend: locations that are commonly associated with shape-shifters, diseases that were misidentified as supernatural traits and actual wolf behaviors. There's both a historical guide to werewolves in legend, movies and literature and a modern compendium of lycanthropic media. Between song lists, den guides and movie suggestions for adapting to a hairy new lifestyle are quizzes to determine werewolf personae and a makeup guide for bad fur days. Though unapologetically campy and an example of pop culture at its finest, Valentino's work is essential for those who are ruled by the moon.(Nonfiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763653873
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 819,514
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Serena Valentino is the author of How to Be a Zombie, as well as the Nightmares & Fairy Tales and GloomCookie comic book series. She lives in San Francisco.

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