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Make room in your suitcase for this monstrously entertaining guide to fantastic creatures around the world — and how to elude them.

I did not make any of this up.

Do you know why you should have baby teeth handy when visiting the Midwest? Or why you should bring a cucumber with you when swimming in Japan? How good are you at solving Russian riddles? From Boston to Bejing, fr...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Candlewick Press
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Ronyell
“The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters” is an excellent book about monsters that is presented in a travel guide format. Judy Sierra and Henrik Drescher both work together on this project and therefore, created a book that is a combination of horror and comedy.

“The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters” details various encounters of some of the most dangerous and gruesome monsters around the world. The book describes the monsters’ habits, where they live, survival tips when encountering them, and how d...more
Mary Ann
Judy Sierra presents short descriptions of more than 60 monsters from around the world, telling readers their location, "gruesomeness rating," description and a survival tip if you're lucky. As she writes in her introduction, "From Alaska to Argentina, and from Nigeria to New Zealand, the woods and water holes are teeming with bizarre and fascinating creatures who are eager to meet tourists and travelers. The bad news is that few tourists and travelers ever live to tell about them." Her descript...more
Katherine Kim
This book is definitely recommended for children who are mature enough to understand the ideas of made up monsters and creatures from stories and/or folktales. Judy Sierra researched the tales of monsters that were created to keep children away from exploring dangerous places or people. Some of the illustrations and descriptions are slightly gruesome. I would recommend this book to kids in middle school or maybe upper elementary. I don't necessarily enjoy the content, but it may interest boys an...more
Monster
Judy Sierra, storyteller and folklore expert, has collected a number of different monsters from folktales and legends around the world in a guide that all children who love monsters will enjoy. Entries include details such as where the monster comes from, a description of the monster, survival tips, and a gruesomeness rating, which tells you how dangerous the creature is reported to be. Although the entries are brief, Henrik’s surreal illustrations often show monsters actively attacking their vi...more
Susan
Sure to scare the bejeez out of all kids. Great loopy art accompanies guide notes to some of the world's fascinating folklore inspired creatures. Good to know that when in Scotland, one should avoid anything "glowing in the gloaming". Amusing notes of caution and survival abound such as surviving the Aniwye, a giant skunk creature found in the great lakes region: "if you hear the sount of giant teeth crunching the roof above your bed, exit immediately." Ya think? Kids will be enthralled.
Andrea Fortwendel
Okay, so my son who is in elementary loves this book. He cannot get enough of reading about these monsters around the world. He took it outside to show his friend and they recreated imaginary scenarios as they played all afternoon. It is really interesting, unique, and witty with a touch of humor for a field guide to world monsters. Must read for kids of all ages.
Lizzie
Glorious and gruesome illustrations. Field guide to the "real life: tales of ghouls, globins, and the likes from around the world. Reads like a travel guide. Could be a nice Halloween book or incorporated into folktales lesson for middle schoolers.
Emily
I'm impressed by the research that must have gone into this book; I had only heard of two or three of the monsters before. The text and illustrations were equally gruesome and entertaining. I think I need a copy of this.
Kim
New favorite book - just AODRE the artwork. Illustrated by Henrik Drescher, the monsters are so spontaneous and creative, I could spin 100 journalling lessons off them. LOVE IT so much that I'm adding it to my personal library.
John Wetenkamp
I don't think these monsters are real because I haven't seen any of them, not even the ones in the North America section of the book. The drawings in this book are AWESOME.
Annie
how to give your kid nightmares.
i dont know which is better: the illustrations or the writing. amazing book that needs to be part of your permanent collection.
Lauren
fantastique!
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I took the long-cut to being an author. Out of college I did temporary work in offices and libraries, while at night, I wrote poetry and made strange life forms from cloth. When I teamed up with a puppeteer, Bob Kaminski (my husband), I was able to bring my cloth creations to life. We began performing on the streets of San Francisco, at Renaissance fairs, and at schools. After attending a workshop...more
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