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The Big Book of Monsters: The Most Ghastly Ghouls, Bloodcurdling Beasts, and Wicked Witches from Classic Literature

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Literature is extra fun when it's spooky! This illustrated compendium of 25 of the spookiest and most nefarious monsters from classic literature—from Dracula to the Jabberwocky—includes a playful retelling of each monster's story accompanied by full-color illustration and educational sidebars about its literary origins, including authorship and genre. For ages 8-12.


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Literature is extra fun when it's spooky! This illustrated compendium of 25 of the spookiest and most nefarious monsters from classic literature—from Dracula to the Jabberwocky—includes a playful retelling of each monster's story accompanied by full-color illustration and educational sidebars about its literary origins, including authorship and genre. For ages 8-12.

30 review for The Big Book of Monsters: The Most Ghastly Ghouls, Bloodcurdling Beasts, and Wicked Witches from Classic Literature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    I had higher expectation from this one. The concept is good, the illustrations also are, but the content is a bit light/easy for me. This book presents a lot of monster from a variety of cultural reference (movie, literature, sometimes both, and more). The monster is presented in a short story and after you have some information on where it came from, in other words, the story behind the story. It might be good for kids you want to learn about monster and discover news one, but for me, even if I I had higher expectation from this one. The concept is good, the illustrations also are, but the content is a bit light/easy for me. This book presents a lot of monster from a variety of cultural reference (movie, literature, sometimes both, and more). The monster is presented in a short story and after you have some information on where it came from, in other words, the story behind the story. It might be good for kids you want to learn about monster and discover news one, but for me, even if I know I wasn’t the targeted reader, who is interest in horror for two decades, well... I didn’t discover much new stuff here. I still give it a decent rating, since it was clearly for a younger public. I think it is a good book, but I also think it has the potential to be much better!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Great book...no matter what your age.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah Horton

    The Big Book of Monsters is a fantastic book! Monsters from all over the world. Monsters I grew up fearing and monsters I have never heard of. The information and extra tidbits on each monster was very interesting to read and the illustrations were vivid and popping. I loved the style of artwork throughout this book. I would love to have an entire collection of informative books like this on my shelves. Fun to look at and interesting to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    When my kids were little we used to read a Sesame Street book that started this way: "Follow the Monsters wherever they go, sometimes they're fast, sometimes their slow..." This toddler book reminds me that kids are interested in monsters (Cookie and otherwise) from a young age. If you know a little monster who is interested in monsters, get them this book. The author retells the stories of many monsters in a way that felt like hearing a story or fairy tale. Some of the many featured When my kids were little we used to read a Sesame Street book that started this way: "Follow the Monsters wherever they go, sometimes they're fast, sometimes their slow..." This toddler book reminds me that kids are interested in monsters (Cookie and otherwise) from a young age. If you know a little monster who is interested in monsters, get them this book. The author retells the stories of many monsters in a way that felt like hearing a story or fairy tale. Some of the many featured monsters are Apep (from Ancient Egypt), Beatrice Rappaccini (Hawthorne), Dorian Gray (Wilde), Frankenstein (Shelley), and The Weird Sisters (Shakespeare). Each entry includes additional facts including the category of monster, Base of Operations, Timing, Powers, Deeds, Fear Factor, Weakenss, etc. There are additional sections that enlarge upon each moster's tale; for example, in the Dracula section, one can read Dear Dracula and The Grisly Tale of Elizabeth Siddal. This book is a wonderful compilation of monsters, their stories and more. It will be welcomed by those who like the weird and wonderful. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this (scary...not really but good) read. All opinions are my own. #TheBigBookOfMonsters #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Rocourt

    This is not your typical scary monster book. This reminds me of when I read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore. Here's a book filled with creatures I've heard of but many I never knew of. That's what made this a fun read for me. The writer has a knowledge of the stories these creatures are from this is easy to understand. This book is for someone who really loves Halloween or is a very avid reader of book s before 1900. I can't recommend it for everyone but for those who will en This is not your typical scary monster book. This reminds me of when I read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore. Here's a book filled with creatures I've heard of but many I never knew of. That's what made this a fun read for me. The writer has a knowledge of the stories these creatures are from this is easy to understand. This book is for someone who really loves Halloween or is a very avid reader of book s before 1900. I can't recommend it for everyone but for those who will enjoy it I cannot recommend it enough. Note, I know the author personally but that did not sway my review of this book. It did remind me that he has a depth of literature that is very impressive. That knowledge shines through in this book. I read this book via NetGalley. I thank them for this book. #TheBigBookOfMonsters #NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Seibel

    I want to thank #netgalley for giving me a copy of #TheBigBookOfMonsters to review. This is a good introduction book to famous monsters. Readers get a background story then a short story about each of the monsters. The illustrations are good. It wasn't what I was expecting, but still a book I would recommend to students.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This big book of monsters shares 25 well known monsters from classic literature paired with spectacular illustrations and extra information about the monsters and similar works of fiction. This is the perfect monster collection! Each monster has their story explained, examples of literature with similar monsters, and a handy chart that shares when and I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This big book of monsters shares 25 well known monsters from classic literature paired with spectacular illustrations and extra information about the monsters and similar works of fiction. This is the perfect monster collection! Each monster has their story explained, examples of literature with similar monsters, and a handy chart that shares when and where the monster and it's book took place, dastardly deeds that monster may have committed, and even a 'scare factor' that is shown with little skulls! This was fantastic! I absolutely love Gothic literature and basically anything with monsters so I was very excited to read this for Autumn and get into that spooky reading mood! I loved the quotes and passages included as well as the 'Beyond the Book' sections that gave us further reading recommendations (or at least I'm seeing them that way!) with similar monsters or information about the author (such as Mary Shelley's memorable story of how she came up with the idea for Frankenstein)! The end-of-the-book extras include a timeline that shows the literature that these monsters derived from in order of their existence, from Ancient Times to the Gothic literature era; a list of further reading; and even more monsters that were not given their own special feature! This review was originally shared on Lazy Day Literature.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debi G.

    Great hack for scholarbowl prep!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Excellent collection of supernatural monsters, creatures, and beasts from classic literature. Many are lesser known to younger horror readers. Each is presented with suggestions for further readings featuring similar characters. Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I was given this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed lots of children's reference books over the years (both fiction and non-fiction) and yet I've never experienced anything quite like this. The illustrations are in great contrast with the book's content which takes the form of well-researched baddies from classical literature. Some of the monsters I was familar with, some I weren't but there were interesting pieces of information e I was given this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed lots of children's reference books over the years (both fiction and non-fiction) and yet I've never experienced anything quite like this. The illustrations are in great contrast with the book's content which takes the form of well-researched baddies from classical literature. Some of the monsters I was familar with, some I weren't but there were interesting pieces of information even for the more well known monsters. I liked that the author could point you in the direction of works that both inspired the twenty-five chosen antagonists and works that would be inspired by them. This is definately a book for older children. Not because it's scary, but because in being a thorough study of ancient literature, some of the concepts and translations can be difficult for younger readers. I thought it was awesome.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Kim

    I just finished All the Greys on Greene Street which has a secondary character, Richard, who loves monsters and is compiling a book about them. This is basically that book. Yes there are many other monster books out there, but this one is notable for its focus on the literature of monsters, and for that reason I would recommend this particularly for classroom use.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Really entertaining overview of classic monsters for the middle grade set.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimi

    Some of the illustrations looked like Mike Mignola drawings. Would have loved to have this as a kid/teen.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Walker

    Review for Monster Librarian forthcoming

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Labonte

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    Kelsey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

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    Elizabeth Williamson

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Annese

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristie Lock

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz

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    Susan

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    Kaitlin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Honeycutt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

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