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Monsters: 100 Weird Creatures From All Around the World by Sarah Banville

by Sophie Green

Monsters: 100 Weird Creatures From All Around the World

Written by Sarah Banville, illustrated by Quinton Winter.

Ever wondered what terrorised the Scape Ore swamp in 1980s South Carolina? Or who visits the naughty children in Northern Europe to punish them on Christmas Eve? Or how bloated undead feeders got upgraded to a shape-shifting castle-dwelling Count? From well-known and well-feared monsters like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, to the lesser-known, but just as weird and wonderful Japanese Sea Serpent and Chinese Hopping Vampires, this is a must-have guide to monsters from all over the world.

Children's librarian Sophie Green says:

This was one of my favourite reads of 2020. A truly global celebration of monsters from folklore and urban legend, and the storytelling skills and imagination that might have conjured them.

The illustrations are brilliant, though not for the faint-hearted, a few of the monsters are pretty scary which will really appeal to some readers. Each creature has an atmospheric introduction, plus interesting facts and things to think about.

This is a great book to study, to share and to use to inspire your own monstrous creations.

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