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Summary: You know about the bogeyman, right?! In Scandanavia, it is a troll. In Australia, it is a bunyip. Learn the legend of bogeymen from seven parts of the world ... and how to guard against them! This is an illustrated collection of folktales about bogeymen.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and Up; read yourself: 12 and Up
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Age of Child: Read with a 12-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter didn't want to read this book but wanted to listen to us read it. Before we could read a story, though, she wanted to see the illustration of the bogeyman. We never got through all of the stories, and she said the ones we did read were interesting. She wasn't wowed by it.
Adult Reader Reaction: Learning about the bogeyman legend in other parts of the world was interesting. The illustrations at the beginning made it easier to "see" the story. It wasn't what I expected, and after the third story in one sitting reading got monotonous. Some of the grammar errors were also more evident when reading out loud.
Pros: Bogeymen live all over the world, and readers who love scary creatures will want to know more about them. Each story has the same structure, which can be very helpful for readers who like continuity across stories.
Cons: The stories can get monotonous if you're trying to read them all at one time. The book describes bogeymen in factual terms. Read during daylight for kids who love scary stories but have a fear of the dark or who are afraid of monsters.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is more of a reference book. Some may choose it to read as a "scary story" selection.
Educational Themes: Bogeyman 101 is a good launching off point for more stories about bogeyman legend around the world. Grab a globe and take the opportunity to point out each of the seven locations.
It is also an excellent example for exploring other, similar stories. The structure makes it easy for kids to see how to sort research across different sources for subjects like animal legends, fables, witches and magic, et al.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, short stories, middle grade
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found. See reader feedback at amazon.com.