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Beware! Here be monsters!

Monsters have always lurked in people’s nightmares. But long ago, people genuinely believed that they also lurked on mountaintops, in lakes, in caves, and in the darkest corners of the forest. From the minotaur in its labyrinth prison, the basilisk with its stony gaze, the giant elephant-eating roc, the ship-rending kraken, and the smelly foul-mouthed harpies, monsters were large or small, scary or noble. So watch out—here be monsters! Learn about ...

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Overview

Beware! Here be monsters!

Monsters have always lurked in people’s nightmares. But long ago, people genuinely believed that they also lurked on mountaintops, in lakes, in caves, and in the darkest corners of the forest. From the minotaur in its labyrinth prison, the basilisk with its stony gaze, the giant elephant-eating roc, the ship-rending kraken, and the smelly foul-mouthed harpies, monsters were large or small, scary or noble. So watch out—here be monsters! Learn about monster legends and lore from around the world, including why people truly believed in them, in this fascinating companion to Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids. Beautiful full-color illustrations accompany the easy-to-read text.

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"Long ago, people believed in monsters. They thought there were monsters on land, in the sea, and in the sky. What else could cause so many scary things?...People thought earthquakes must be caused by fighting giants. They thought volcanoes came from dragons breathing fire." Random's Stepping Stones easy chapter-book series slips into slightly scary territory with this followup to Mermaids (2008), Unicorns (2005) and Dragons (2004). Alternating very short stories told in italics with explications of legend, folktale and myth presented in plain type, Penner quickly profiles monsters of various eras and cultures. She name-checks the famous-Medusa, the Kraken and harpies-as well as their lesser-known brethren-kappas, bunyips and tengus. Douglas's detailed, full-color illustrations complement the stories nicely and add an extra bit of scariness. As with past volumes, the transitions between stories and "fact" are indistinct despite the typographical cues. Newly independent readers seeking the spooky, the mythical or the monstrous may not notice or mind. A good introduction to folklore for young fantasy lovers. (Folklore. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856754
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucille Recht Penner is the author of many nonfiction books for kids. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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