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Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods – by Hal Johnson

 

Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.

 
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.


Guys! Guys!……there are glow in the dark pages all throughout this book! AND ON THE FRONT COVER!! The illustrations are creeptastic! Excellent job Tom Mead!

My favorite part of this book is that there are stories set in Canada!! yaay!! All of the stories are very well thought out. I often found myself thinking “how on earth did the author think of that?!”. These very detailed stories sometimes describe bits and pieces of the narrators appearance. You really have to stretch your imagination to try to put together all of the descriptions and picture him.

When I had first purchased this book I found it in the 6-8 early readers age group. I realized that they had moved the book to the 9-12 age group later on. Great move. There was some death and some gruesome injuries in these stories. Fantastic, shiver inducing, goosebump giving stories! Not only that, but the language seemed advanced for a 6-8 age group. It really does suit the 9-12 age group much better.

An excellent book!! Just creepy enough in my opinion! So creative and imaginative!

I give this one *9/10*

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The Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kidsยด mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.


This post is about the whole series so far, but I have only put up the summary for book#1 because the others have spoilers!

I have been been hearing so much about this series for so long! I had never really thought much about it until I slowly introduced myself to the world of graphic novels!

On the back of book #1 there is a blurb from Jeff Smith, the creator of BONE. It says “Five – no, three pages into Amulet and you’ll be hooked.”. I quickly found this to be true as I stood in my local book store and read the first 3 pages. Hooked! I was hooked and immediately needed more!!

The only thing I regret about reading this series is that I read it too quickly!! I am done book #6- Escape From Lucien, and now I have to wait!!

Book 7 – Firelight comes out March 1st, 2016!! Waiting is hard!!!

All of the Amulet books are action packed adventures with unexpected turns of events!! You definitely don’t see a lot of the twists coming!!

The themes tend to be family, friendship, loyalty, trusting your instincts and believing in yourself! There is also a lot of picking yourself up after a fall and staying strong! Remembering what’s important!

With the growing popularity in graphic novels, I’m happy these books are out there! I know a lot of parents would rather their children read novels, but it is still reading! Especially for kids who don’t enjoy reading just yet. Also, they will be learning valuable lessons! There are some intricate plot lines and heavy concepts that your kids are going to grasp! While having fun doing it! I find that graphic novels are excellent for helping me out of my reading slumps!

Go ahead and devour Amulet! They won’t take long to read at all, but the stories and concepts will stay with you for quite a while!

If you’re not having fun,
You’re not reading the right books!