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Author: Karen Hokanson Miller

Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Mermaids, the Big Bird of Texas, and others. We've heard about them all. Every so often a sighting of an indescribable being sets off a rash of stories about the existence of monsters and water beasts. This book provides a brief description of nine monsters/water beasts and shares facts and fables about their existence. This is a non-fiction collection that offers the stories of mythical creatures and monsters.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 6.3

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a valuable work. Adolescents are intrigued and excited by things that scare them out of their wits. This book meets the reader’s needs for information and at the same time appropriately tickles her/his imagination.

Pros: Monsters, good or evil, real or imagined, pique the curiosity of pre-teen youngsters. This book will delight young readers, raise a lot of questions, and spark some intriguing and imaginative stories and art work

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, and expect to renew it ... often. “Monsters” and their exploits are frequently the subject of conversations among young children. Kids of all ages find them scary but exciting too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: EXPLORATOPIA   WHAT'S WITH WULF? (Extreme Monsters, #2)   THE MONSTER TRAP

Educational Themes: The book's primary goal is to provide information about monsters. The scientific information provided will help allay student fears and anxieties about monsters. The goal to stimulate children’s imagination can be achieved by using the stories and illustrations as starting points for writing and telling stories, drawing monsters, creating puppet shows, and organizing trips to museums etc.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - middle grade, mythology

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2007

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