by Dana Meachen Rau

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Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Divided into four chapters, this nonfiction book explores what makes a monster including land monsters, water monsters, and "strange creatures." The first chapter cites legendary monsters in various parts of the world, including India and the African Congo—but devotes a scant one sentence to each. It then briefly discusses mythological Greek monsters, such as the Minotaur and Cerberus. Chapter Two splits its time between werewolves and vampires. The next chapter primarily explores the Loch Ness Monster and the Kraken: "Scientists think they have solved the mystery of the Kraken. Some of them thought the Kraken and other similar sea monsters might be giant squid." Do all scientists "think" they have solved it, or only some? Do they "think" they've solved the mystery—or have they? The last chapter discusses the yeti. One in a series of five "For Real?" books, it includes a glossary of sixteen words, from "maze" to "skeptics," perhaps indicating some confusion as to the target audience. Also included are suggested books and websites, and beautiful color photographs—the best part of the book. Ironically, the display of mythic creatures on The American Museum of Natural History website listed is far more captivating, exciting, and informative than this book. Add that to the fact this slim 23-page book is almost a dollar per page while the website is free, you may want to save your money and check out Reviewer: Naomi Milliner

Product Details

Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
Bookworms Chapter Books: for Real? Series
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

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