Monsters Are Real!: And Other Fun Facts

illus. by Aaron Spurgeon. 32p. (Did You Know?). S. & S./Little Simon. Jul. 2016. pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781481467810.
Gr 2–4—Using a humorous, conversational tone, Eliot takes her readers through a substantial gallery of monsters that fall roughly into three categories. The first describes real animals that have characteristics that could be considered monsterlike, but are nonetheless real, such as the platypus, the giant squid, and the Komodo dragon. The second category covers creatures that are the result of vivid imaginations, such as King Kong, Godzilla, and Dracula. The third category includes beings possibly based on or inspired by real animals (e.g., did the narwhal and the oryx inspire tales of unicorns?). Spurgeon's colorful cartoon illustrations match the lighthearted tone of the text and will have lots of child appeal.
VERDICT While not an essential mythology purchase, this title is sure to find an enthusiastic audience.

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