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HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF by Serena Valentino


The Claws-on Guide for the Modern Lycanthrope

by Serena Valentino

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5387-3
Publisher: Candlewick

A glossy guide to the world of lycanthropy. The third in Candlewick’s  tongue-in-cheek How to Be... paranormal guides (How to Be a Zombie, 2010, etc.), this handbook provides easy-to-browse tips and tricks for adapting to the werewolf lifestyle, essential fashion advice for daily life (“Upon returning to human form, you may find your clothing tattered but still functional. Keep in mind that rips and shreds aren't always a bad thing”) and resources for building the lycanthropic community. Skillfully blended into the quizzes and lists are pieces of werewolf legend: locations that are commonly associated with shape-shifters, diseases that were misidentified as supernatural traits and actual wolf behaviors. There’s both a historical guide to werewolves in legend, movies and literature and a modern compendium of lycanthropic media. Between song lists, den guides and movie suggestions for adapting to a hairy new lifestyle are quizzes to determine werewolf personae and a makeup guide for bad fur days. Though unapologetically campy and an example of pop culture at its finest, Valentino’s work is essential for those who are ruled by the moon. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)