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THE GRUESOME GUIDE TO WORLD MONSTERS by Judy Sierra

THE GRUESOME GUIDE TO WORLD MONSTERS

By Judy Sierra (Author) , Henrik Drescher (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-1727-X
Publisher: Candlewick

If one were to believe that monsters are real, this would be a great nonfiction reference tool. However, others will view it as a fantastic tongue-in-cheek treasure with encyclopedia-like entries. Sierra dispenses several survival tips for the basic monster encounter; for instance, she advises travelers to Russia to study riddle books in order to answer Poludnitsa’s queries (and survive). Other tips provide advice about eating habits, where to sleep and what to do—“swim only in the hotel pool” to avoid Wanagemeswak. She gives no such advice for the La Cobra Grande as the reader is advised that there are “no survivors to query.” Each entry provides a location, gruesomeness rating, description and survival tip. A fun read offering Drescher the chance to go wild with his trademark weirdness and just-scary-enough mixed-media illustrations of more than 60 gruesome creatures. Outrageous fun, but sure to inform as well. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)