Roaring Reads!: Books About Monsters

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When it comes to books about monsters, be prepared for all kinds! At a very young age, we create these creatures from the detailed corners of our imagination; it’s no surprise that there is no limit to the possibility and creation of monster stories. Below are just a few fun monster reads, either for the monster lover at heart or for someone looking for monsters with a funny and friendly side!

The Ghastly Dandies Do the Classics
By Ben Gibson

Look who’s coming, it’s the Ghastly Dandies! Who are the Ghastly Dandies you might ask? Well, they’re dapper, they’re erudite, and they’re monstrous! The Ghastly Dandies are beastly creatures who act out quick renditions of your favorite literary classics, such as Moby Dick, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet and many more. Each interpretation told by the Ghastly Dandies is funnier than the last! With amazing art and design that nicely transfers from tale to tale, The Ghastly Dandies Do the Classics is great for longtime readers who will immediately recognize the references and implications, but also great for those new to these classic literary themes and imagery.

Ghosts
Words By Sonia Goldie Pictures By Marc Boutavant

Have you ever seen a ghost? The kind wearing a white sheet with holes cut out of it, floating around saying boo over and over? Well, Ghosts would tell you that you’re sadly mistaken! Welcome to the Ghost Ball, where we party and learn the real truth about household ghosts. You can slide down the chimney with Chimney Ghost, discover reappearing wall art with the Picture Ghost, or even make a stop for a restroom break to chat with Bathroom Ghost. Ghosts is a fun book with a multitude of illustrations on each page, and with a specialized text layout per ghost that wonderfully makes your eyes travel from the top to the bottom.

Monster Chefs
By Brian and Liam Anderson

The horribly horrible Monster King is tired of only eating eyeballs and ketchup. He wants to eat something new! So the Monster King summons his four monster chefs to find him something new to eat. But what does a horrible Monster King like to eat? Rabbits? No. Fish? Nope. Snakes? I don’t think so. But, what the fourth and last monster chef finally brings for the king may change monster time dinner forever! A success for its conventional use of repetition and rhythmic storytelling, Monster Chefs will keep you wondering until the very end.

About the Author

Shaun Teamer

Shaun Teamer is a creator and storyteller. He enjoys drawing, reading, and hanging out with the Loch Ness Monster. When he is not looking for Bigfoot, he works as a youth associate for the Central Library.

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