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TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS by Kelly Milner Halls


Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist

by Kelly Milner Halls ; Rick Spears & Roxyanne Young & illustrated by Rick Spears

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-58196-049-2
Publisher: Darby Creek

So do they exist, or don’t they? Written for readers willing to keep open minds, this populous gallery of rare creatures, locally prominent monsters and possible survivors from prehistory fills readers in on the evidence for Bigfoot, Nessie, Champ and the lesser-known likes of the giant anaconda, the flying Kongamato (evocatively translated as “overwhelmer of boats”) and the blood-sucking Chupacabra. It also introduces such confirmed discoveries as the giant squid, the coelacanth and the Chacoan peccary. Interspersing interviews with scientists and even special effects artists, the authors cover sightings worldwide and down through history, present an array of speculative explanations, sum up with a large “Cryptidictionary” that includes exposed hoaxes, and close with a rich list of relevant web sites and other resources. Pictures of reconstructed models, plus plenty of small watercolor and pencil sketches from Spears, flesh out a scant assortment of blurry photos. Despite occasional stumbles—the authors can’t seem to agree on just how many times the “Skunk Ape” has been sighted in the Southeastern U.S.—a delight for casual browsers and for would-be cryptozoologists alike. (Nonfiction. 8-11)