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Do you dare to delve into the freakishly funny Monstrous Book of Monsters, where nothing is as it seems?

Written by Dr. Thomas Jelly and packed with nauseating novelties and foul facts, this book will teach you how to avoid monsters, show you how to spot them in the news or on the street, and give you a peek inside their dangerous (and smelly) world. At the end, we learn that Dr. Jelly has fallen foul of the infamous book monster, and the ...

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Overview

Do you dare to delve into the freakishly funny Monstrous Book of Monsters, where nothing is as it seems?

Written by Dr. Thomas Jelly and packed with nauseating novelties and foul facts, this book will teach you how to avoid monsters, show you how to spot them in the news or on the street, and give you a peek inside their dangerous (and smelly) world. At the end, we learn that Dr. Jelly has fallen foul of the infamous book monster, and the readers themselves will be lucky to escape the same fate!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Written” by Dr. Thomas Jelly, this is a tongue-in-cheek, interactive guide to avoiding, identifying, capturing, and disposing of monsters, should the need arise. Goony cartoons depict monsters hiding behind flaps in a cutaway of a human home (“A fridge boggart is a real pest”); another spread presents the winners of the “Monster Record Breakers” competition, which include a cute pink beast, whose mouth opens to reveal a pop-out cave of ferocious teeth. From monster defense (a “Home Defense Kit” includes a mirror, garlic, and soap) to the debunking of monster myths—werewolves don’t exist, but watch out for werefish—monster hunters will have the tools they need to survive. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Like a facetious "Monster Manual" for the lower-elementary-school set, this guide to the slimy, befouled and ghoulish begs to be pored over for hours, its small-scale tabs gleefully pried open and closed.
—The New York Times

This is a tongue-in-cheek, interactive guide to avoiding, identifying, capturing, and disposing of monsters, should the need arise.
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This is one of those books of lurid imagination that children love and parents not so much. The blurb on the back cover claims that it is "Packed with foul facts and disgusting drawings." The front cover shows a partial monster face with a large rolling eye, and something seems to have taken a bite out of the front edge. Words like poop, fart and snot are used wherever possible. The nine double-page spreads have such chapter headings as "Infestations at Home," "Basic Avoidance Strategy, " and "Defensive Tactics." There are flaps to lift on every page. Some can be raised to supply more details, some reveal totally new information, and several release pop-ups. A large toothy monster pops up from the last page. On another page a few of the distinctive parts of monster anatomy such as teeth, nails, ears, tongue, slime, feet, and tails are described in tasteless detail. There is not much one could imagine about monsters that is not discussed. The book comes to an end with Monster Myths and Mysteries and a list of "fame-hungry Z-list celebrities from the monster world." Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This imaginative compendium of monsters addresses a variety of issues by way of gross-out humor and equally gross cartoons. Hamilton explores identification, avoidance, capture, and record breakers, and even supplies a monster disposal flow chart. Each spread addresses a different topic with examples from newly imagined creatures. Amid the silly humor and inventive creatures are interactive pop-up elements and flaps and folds that add to the visual interest. The heavy card-stock pages will stand up to repeated visits by young monster seekers. The googly eyed cyclops and bite mark that grace the cover convey quickly that this fun book aims to entertain.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

Go for the gross! Even hard-core fans may be tempted to give away their lunches after sampling this banquet of bogles.

Advising readers who don't wish to become entrées themselves to flee at the first sign of monsters, "expert" Dr. Thomas Jelly presents a menagerie of menaces from giant closet worms, the aptly named Dentadontis and snot pets that "just love to hang out," to the Lesser-Spotted Pooter, the Fartsquid and (tossing in something for the 'rents) Crate Moss "the world's most beautiful monster." Flushed with references to poop and other bodily excrescences, the narrative covers monster types, household habitats (like your toothpaste tube—guess what comes out when you squeeze) and recipes ("Live Eyes On Sticks," "Thing On Toast"). Also discussed are monster escape, capture and disposal strategies. Enhanced by dozens of flaps and sliding tabs, plus die cuts, minibooks and popups, the cartoon art portrays its luridly hued subjects in properly nauseating detail.

A giant googly eye embedded in a bite-marked cover beckons invitingly to stronger-stomached monster lovers. (Novelty browsing item. 7-10)

Pamela Paul
…this guide to the slimy, befouled and ghoulish begs to be pored over for hours, its small-scale tabs gleefully pried open and closed.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763657567
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 296,235
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Libby Hamilton has written a variety of books for children, including HORSE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR YOUNG EQUESTRIANS. She lives in London.

Aleksei Bitskoff is a debut illustrator whose fantastical creatures captivate children and adults alike. He recently graduated from the Camberwell College of Arts and lives in London.

Jonny Duddle has been a concept artist for Aardman Animations and created fantastic illustrations for fiction and novelty books, including ALIENOLOGY. He wrote and illustrated THE PIRATE CRUNCHER. Jonny Duddle lives in Buxton, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Highly recommended

    My 5 yr old loves this book, he carries it everywhere and puts it under his pillow at night.

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