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Monsterology (Ology Series)

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Drake is keen to show that these little-known beasts must also be studied and understood rather than shunned.

As well as maps and flaps you're provided with such things as a strand of silver hair from the mane of a unicorn and the ashes from a phoenix nest.There is a darkness in the shading of the portraits and expression of the characters that indicates “something of the night” about them. In a case such as Mythology, the book is based around the published and private papers of a fictional lady traveller with notes from an equally fictitious man, but the book is a beautiful - one might even say visually stunning - introduction to the deities and myths of ancient Greece.

The creatures and the information are a bit scattered throughout the book due to its scrapbook design, but that helps to make the book seem more "real". This book is as detailed as any of the previous installments and is a must for any fan of the series. Medusa’s perpetual bad hair days, not to mention the hairiness of the Sasquatch and the female werewolf, are exploited with glee, and a recurring editorial comment is “Gross! This was the book that first brought creatures of mythology into my life, and the descriptions and stories about said creatures were extraordinarily useful for bringing the illustrations to life.The full-page pictures show with panache the attraction of a Medusa, Dracula, or Loki, while the more repulsive monsters are depicted humorously rather than frighteningly. Dugald has now given up his editorial job to concentrate on writing full-time, especially more books with "ology" in the title. Monsterology The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts" by Ernest Drake is, a fictional children's book about about fictional monsters including unicorns, griffins, the kraken, etc. Dugald Steer was born in 1965 and grew up in Surrey, where his love of books and reading led him to study English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences.

Monsters from folklore and literature are given star treatment by Governor General’s Award winner Arthur Slade. It even included mythological creatures I hadn't heard of before, like the Nue, Japan's version of the chimera. A fabulous tome for those who love legendary beasts that still wander among us, this lush and luxurious look at an astounding array of creatures offers everything a true believer would want to know.I would give "Monsterology The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts" by Ernest Drake a 4-star review because, 1; I really like the illustrations and the information 2; I like how the author covers various creatures 3; I honestly forgot that these creatures are fictional while reading which I loved but 4; I really wish that is was longer and there were more information in this book. This was a highly entertaining book that discussed many common mythological monsters, as well as those that are still commonly talked about today such as kraken's and sea serpents.

Alex Bell has published novels and short stories for both adults and young adults including Frozen Charlotte, a Zoella Book Club pick. It's an exciting and innovative way of getting someone interested in the subject and I, for one, would have been totally absorbed by it as a boy. In 1985, her final year at Brighton, Helen was awarded the first Walker Prize for Children's Illustration.It's a guidebook by a fictional natural historian who traveled around the world to observe monsters in their native habitats. This is a beautifully crafted book and one of a series I'm proud to collect for my daughter, who is 5 now, though I know she will enjoy this for years to come. The result is a book designed to tickle the imagination, complete with fold-out maps, envelopes, and other tangible items - such as unicorn hair, sea serpent skin, and spell-casting paper - lending an authentic feel to a book of imagined creatures.

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