Here Be Monsters!
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
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
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
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
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
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
I recommend you all to read this genius book. Now I can't wait to get my hands to read the second book and watch The Boxtrolls film.
It's cute, well written, appropriately suspenseful and occasionally very, very weird. And it gave me a great chance to talk to my 6-year-old daughter about why she loves it so, chapter by chapter.
Plus, I agreed to read it while she read the first Harry Potter, and she's now in love with the first two. I ha...more
(For my kid's quickie opinion, see the review on my blog.)