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TFK Reads: The Big Book of Monsters


Monsters are universal. You can find them in stories from every culture. The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature, by Hal Johnson and Tim Sievert, brings some of the world’s scariest monster stories together in one book.

The Big Book of Monsters is one of TFK’s recommended books from 2019. After we made our picks, we handed them off to our team of TFK Kid Reporters. Here, TFK Kid Reporter Raunak Singh shares his review.

We’ll be posting more reviews throughout winter break. Check back on Thursday to read about Free Lunch, by Rex Ogle.

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Featuring monsters from around the world—old and new, unknown and well-known—The Big Book of Monsters is guaranteed to make your bones rattle.

From mummies to giant squids, this book features monsters that are creepier than anything you could ever imagine. It explains each monster’s powers, tells about its dastardly deeds, and rates how scary it is. My favorite literary monster is Apep, who battles the Egyptian sun god every day at sunrise and can escape the strongest chains.

I rate this book a 9 out of 10. It will leave you jumping at the sound of a cricket or the tapping of a tree branch. Read this book if you dare!