I love this book. It is a collection of absolutely adorable illustrations of monsters with information about the absolutely horrifying ways they will kill you.
Instead of focusing a narrow light, the book includes monsters from legends from around the globe. A few are pitiful, which nicely adds an unexpected element to the book when they are featured, but most are straight up killers: carnivorous unicorns, beasts that tickle their victims to death, and sea creatures just waiting for a disobedient child to wander past.
It is a beautifully illustrated, quick read cryptid bestiary.
The audience for this one may be a tad limited. The right child will be fascinated—I cautiously showed one entry to my six-year-old daughter and she insisted we sit and read the entire book—but for a more timid child this could be nightmare fuel. Less nervous fans of Fantastic Beasts and other mythical bestiaries should have this on their shelf.
Meet the world's most unusual monsters in this darkly funny collection of creatures and cryptids from folkloric history. Illustrator Emma SanCartier captures the bizarre and hilarious elements of 17 monsters from around the world in a light, tongue-in-cheek tone, from the Japanese dream-eater Baku and the Persian carnivorous unicorn Shadhavar to the Eastern-European Shurale, a literal tickle monster. Packaged in a textured three-piece case and illustrated in lush watercolor, Monsters You Should Know is a perfect primer for the many strange, frightening, and compelling things that go bump in the night.
About the Author
Emma SanCartier is a freelance illustrator whose work has been featured in children's books, magazines, and gallery shows. Originally from northern Ontario, she currently lives in Seattle.