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Monsters You Should Know - Emma SanCartier

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Will
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781452167770
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

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.