The Barefoot Book of Monsters!

The Barefoot Book of Monsters!

by Fran Parnell, Sophie Fatus

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
On a more whimsical note, The Barefoot Book of Monsters!, retold by Fran Parnell, illus. by Sophie Fatus, offers six scary encounters with outlandish creatures including "The Terrible Chenoo" of Algonquin legend, "The Abominable Snowman" from Nepal, and "The Feathered Ogre" from Italy. Parnell's lively retellings evoke their origins with a light touch, focusing more on fun than fear. Fatus's whimsical illustrations move with the rhythms of the bouncy text. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Parnell has assembled a globe-trotting array of folktale monsters, such as the Abominable Snowman from Nepal and the Feathered Ogre from Italy. The engaging stories are filled with evil creatures (some quite scary in fact) and, in many cases, the brave humans who outwit them. An Aboriginal tale from Australia, "The Monster of the Whirlwind," explains why frogs jump into the water at the slightest sound. "The Girl with No Fear" is actually rescued by a young man with no fear in a Bantu story. "Rona Long-Teeth" is a pretty scary monster who gets her own in this Tahitian legend. The folksy watercolor illustrations are bright and fun, but the placement of the smallish text on top of the art makes reading difficult. Also, the artist uses stereotyped and inaccurate images of the Micmacs' clothing and houses in "The Terrible Chenoo." The source notes are brief, but do list two or three places from which the tales came. A marginal purchase for most collections.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Barefoot Books
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Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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