Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead

Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead

by Arthur Slade, Derek Mah
     
 

Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead is the most fun anyone can have with some of the nastiest creatures ever imagined! Who can resist morsels like the fact that “Drakul” means “son of the dragon” in Romanian, that the first Golem may have been Enkidu, who appeared in the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh…  See more details below

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Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead is the most fun anyone can have with some of the nastiest creatures ever imagined! Who can resist morsels like the fact that “Drakul” means “son of the dragon” in Romanian, that the first Golem may have been Enkidu, who appeared in the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, and that Frankenstein’s Monster was first inspired by Mary Shelley’s nightmare?

Governor General’s Award-winner Arthur Slade has gathered together fifteen scary critters, ranging from Dracula to Golem, from Frankenstein to Baba Yaga and even a zombie. He provides facts, real history, imagined history, and lots of jokes to make these creatures come to life. Slade’s hilarious text presents delicious imagined gossip, favorite blood types, favorite movies, and even favorite haunts (you should pardon the expression) with character descriptions and thoroughly researched background information.

Lively black-and-white illustrations by Derek Mah make this a book that is sure to be a hit with every monster-loving reader.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Slade offers an amusing look at the lives of a wide variety of monsters. From Frankenstein to Baba Yaga and from Dracula to Medusa, he gives readers a glib biographical account of creatures that go bump in the night. The book presents the background of each legendary beast, including age, loves and hates, favorite movies, high-school memories, and an assortment of other interesting details. In parts laugh-out-loud funny, this irreverent guide is a delight to read. It contains plenty of facts about the origins of each monster, be they from fiction, folklore, or mythology, but the information is delivered with a healthy dose of comedy. As a result, the book is informative and silly all at the same time. It even includes a Monsterspotting map of the world as a guide for readers to see where each creature dwells. Mah's illustrations are comically creepy, truly enhancing the tone of this book, which delivers unsettling information in a wacky manner. Readers who show an interest in monsters and their backgrounds will truly enjoy this slim volume. The information is presented in list format, making it an excellent choice for reluctant readers. This quick, fun read still manages to be informative. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Tundra Books, 96p.; Illus. Maps., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 15.
—Heather Pittman
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Slade takes a funny, fascinating look inside the lives of 15 creepy characters from literature, mythology, and folklore, including Dracula, the golem, Medusa, Loki, Sasquatch, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Loba (a female werewolf). Facts and historical background are smoothly presented in a chatty tone with lots of humor and just enough gross stuff to be appealing. Each six-page entry features a terrific black-and-white illustration and a listing of the creature's loves and hates, favorite saying, fashion rating, and high-school memories. Youngsters will enjoy this quick read and are sure to learn interesting tidbits about their favorite monsters. They may even discover some new ones to investigate.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887767142
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
972,172
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honors degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and is a full-time fiction writer. He is the author of the “Northern Frights” series, the “Canadian Chills” series, Dust, which won the the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, and Tribes. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Brenda Baker, and daughter Tori.

Derek Mah draws and paints in Calgary, Alberta, in the company of his wife Cari, two cats, a rotating cast of gerbils, hamsters, and mice. He has spent the past two decades trying to convince anyone who will listen that it is too a real job.

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