Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Creatures

Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Creatures


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A second major volume by the esteemed Dr. Drake — a lavish exploration of fantastical beasts, from yetis to unicorns.

Do krakens really lurk below the ocean waves? Do griffins command the air above? In a fascinating new discovery sure to rival the ground-breaking DRAGONOLOGY, the intrepid Dr. Ernest Drake turns his inquisitive gaze from dragons to other so-called mythical creatures. Included are:

* a removable letter from Dr. Drake
* multiple foldouts, flaps, and pull-outs
* textured "samples," including sea serpent skin and a feather from a winged horse
* sundry booklets — including riddles to tell a sphinx
* a cabinet of curiosities containing yeti fur, a hippogriff feather, and more

For anyone who has ever wondered whether legendary beasts still wander among us, this lush look at an astounding array of creatures offers everything a true believer would want to know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763639402
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Series: Ologies Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 189,225
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years


Dr. Ernest Drake

St. Leonard's Forest


December 1904

My very dear fellow 'ologists --

In 1898 I took a year-long holiday from my tireless work of conserving and protecting dragons. I wanted to put some flesh on the bones of a new subject that had engrossed me for many years, which I shall call monsterology. This science is the study of the many supposedly mythical beasts besides dragons. It aims to show which of these beasts exist and to shine the bright light of science upon their forms, natures, and habits so that they, as much as the lion or the hummingbird, may at last be understood. It is a curious and engaging discipline.

To begin, I set forth on a round-the-world trip in my yacht, HYDRA, which I boarded as naturalist. I took along Miss Ta, some of my wonderful artist friends, and an intrepid photographer in the shape of Mr. J. P. Lambert. We stopped at many interesting destinations and found evidence of a great many creatures hitherto believed by the more usual sort of scientist to be merely mythical. This book is the result of our voyage.

I commend it to you, Student Monsterologist, along with a new society that I have set up, to be known as the SOCIETAS MONSTRORUM. May the information contained herein enable you to begin your own fascinating journey of discovery. But never forget that, whatever wonders you experience, it is the conservation and protection of all ordinary and fabulous creatures alike that remains our keenest, our most fundamental, and our most beloved goal.

Dr. Drake

MONSTEROLOGY. Text and design copyright © 2008 The Templar Company plc. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Somerville, MA.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ology Series is really entertaining to read. Every page you flip there is a new adventure. It gives great description to everything it mentions. I would reccomend this to anyone, but I think kids will enjoy it more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a beautifully illustrated book with detailed information about mythical creatures. My 10 year old son loved this book. He rates it 4 1/2 stars. He expected more creatures to be featured in the book, but he was really impressed with the ones that were in the book. He liked it better than the Dragonology because it had more variety of creatures.
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AGMommyof2 More than 1 year ago
Both of my girls love the 'Ologies Series' books, we have collected several. Don't expect the books to last forever, as the kids love to 'play' with them.
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arianaxg More than 1 year ago
and very interesting
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