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Here Be Monsters! (The Ratbridge Chronicles #1)
Skulduggery is afoot!
Welcome to Ratbridge. But beware -- for there is skulduggery afoot. Young Arthur has fallen foul of the appalling outlaw, Snatcher, and is trapped alone in the town with every way home sealed. Meanwhile Snatcher and his men are working tirelessly in secret on a fiendish and dastardly plan to take over -- and destroy -- the entire town. With the help...more
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I can't summarize it any better than Amazon:
"Ratbridge is populated by a variety of odd creatures and equally unusual humans. Underlings, including boxtrolls (shy trolls that wear boxes) and cabbageheads (they worship cabbage and wear them tied to their hea ...more
How do I classify this book? Young Adult semi-Steampunk with an absurdist twist? Yeah, I guess that works as well as anything.
The story takes place in the city of Ratbridge. There are human characters, anthropomorphic animal characters, and pure fantastical creatures such as boxtrolls and cabbageheads. Oh, and ...more
When I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie The BoxTrolls, I thought it looked good, so I wanted to read the book for the movie first to see if it was any good. Well, it was more than good. It was great!
I really liked all of the creatures in the book. They were very unique in their own way. There were the boxtrolls (a group of trolls who live in boxes and are very good with mechanics; and they're really cute) There were cabbageheads ( ...more
I couple days ago I found this book on my bookshelf and decided to give it another read. I still didn't like it. The main ...more
Buncha nonsense, really. The stuff of pure fantasy - I loved it! One of those books I wish I could've read for the first time when I was like 11 years old. Aside from the quirky illustrations, I think my fave was the imaginative twists on reality, like "Oil of Brussels" used as a weapon. Because what kid thinks of Brussels sprouts as anything other than parent-sanctioned poison? Be warned: No matter what age, you will giggle A LOT whilst reading Here Be Monsters! (And if you don't, ...more
The evil Snacther steal's Arthurs wings. Arthur tries to get back home, but all the holes leading to the under ground have bee ...more
All the things you think you know have to be thrown out the window when reading this 500+, that’s right I said it, page book. The book that the Boxtroll movie is based off of is 95% different. Yes there are Boxtrolls, and Arthur who lives underground but with his Grandfather, Snatcher and his other identity Madame Froufrou, The Cheese Gu ...more
Other strange ...more
My Mama liked the book because it was long and we spent two weeks reading it together. All too often we go through a book so quickly that we are left searching for a new story. With this story we talked about it at breakfast and dinner. We wond ...more
I read this book in print and then later downloaded it from my local library. Once in a few pages, I was reminded of the entire story. It is unforgettable. With intricate illustrations and extra perks for the reader at the end of the book, this story is sure to amaze any young reader and is worthy of bedtime out loud telling. I am sure the parent will be having difficulties not to continue the story apart from the child. I read it straight through and was annoyed ...more
To be clear, unlike some of the things I've been reading lately, (looking at you, Walter Moers) this isn't a "kids-book-for-adults". It's just a regula ...more
The book's protaganist is a smally boy named Authur, who has lived underground with his grandfather for all of his life. We meet Arthur as he is wearing a flying contraption that consists of leathery wings and a box with a crank, quietly fluttering across the night sky above the town of Ratbridge. ...more
Okay, I only picked it up because LAIKA is doing their next movie off of it. I had never heard of The Boxtrolls (Here Be Monsters!) until I dug into some research about their next movie. I can say, I am rather pleased and it really is a story only they could pull off with animation, especially the stop-motion medium. I also see why they would consider using this book for their next film.
A lot was crammed all together at once. I did not know what was going on for a bit, at least, I kn ...more
I imagine young readers would enjoy being in this world for the length of the book, with its boxtrolls and comic villains and impossible inventions. However, it's too bad the author couldn't match his inventiveness to a more compelling story.
I don't even know how to describe this book. It takes place in Ratbridge and the adventure begins when Arthur, equipped with his wings and flying box, comes up from underground where he lives with his adoptive grandfather. Boxtrolls and cabbageheads also live underground. Arthur has come up to find food. Stealing bananas is the beginning of his trouble.
The formerly defunct ...more
In short, it's a great book for eleme ...more
The Victorian style melodrama is blended with steam punk in a very funny satire.
Snow's black and white illustrations help with key points and are the main source of the steam punk vibe.
summary: Arthur lives under Ratbridge with his adoptive Grandfather. He comes to the surface with his Grandfather's fly machine and communicator in order to find food. He seeings mysterious men participating in a long outlawed "cheese hunt" and is almost captured by them. When he tries to return home he finds all entrances to the underworld sealed. He and his new friends a strange man, some boxtrolls, and a cabbagehead search for a way back to the und ...more
The upcoming movie, "the Boxtrolls," looks so cute that I had to read the book first! It was delightful and fun. Ratbridge is an odd little world with lots of crazy creatures that pull together to fight the real "monsters."