BIGFOOT AND OTHER LEGENDARY CREATURES by Paul Robert Walker

BIGFOOT AND OTHER LEGENDARY CREATURES

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Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A perfunctory introduction to seven ``monsters'' that might or might not be hiding out in some of the world's wilder places: the human-like Bigfoot, Yeti, and Mongolian Almas; Nessie, and Lusca, the giant octopus; the dinosaurian Mokele-Mbembe and the huge winged Kongamato, both of tropical Africa. All get unskeptical essays describing efforts to track them down and identify them, prefaced by fictional encounters--Bigfoot briefly kidnaps a young hunter; Kongamato buzzes a white man who spurns the protective magic of his native guide; a young Sherpa and her grandfather bait a trap for Yeti with beer; etc. Walker is no storyteller; though his language is sometimes lurid (``Between the tall trees, gnarled manzanita bushes grow like blood-red demons''), the episodes have a sameness--the monster appears, makes menacing gestures at a terrified human, and departs or escapes. Noonan's small, undetailed portraits lend some drama but are more suggestive than accurate; Kongamato, for instance, is seen with a long tail, though it's described in the text as a pterodactyl (and therefore tailless, or nearly so). Supplementary at best. The annotated bibliography, characteristically, mentions none of Daniel Cohen's books. (Nonfiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-15-207147-4
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1992




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