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Monsterology (Ology Series)

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The conceit of the book is that it's a facsimile of one published in 1904 but - to my untrained eye at least - the illustrations of the fantastical beasts themselves do nothing to evoke the period.

Review by my granson as the book is his:Following on from the Dragonology set of merchandise this is in the same ilk. Alex Bell has published novels and short stories for both adults and young adults including Frozen Charlotte, a Zoella Book Club pick. It's an exciting and innovative way of getting someone interested in the subject and I, for one, would have been totally absorbed by it as a boy. This book is as detailed as any of the previous installments and is a must for any fan of the series.This was the book that first brought creatures of mythology into my life, and the descriptions and stories about said creatures were extraordinarily useful for bringing the illustrations to life. For those of us over a certain age, the word "ology" will forever conjure up the image of Maureen Lipman, playing the character of Beattie in the telephone ad, saying: "You got an ology? Despite these weighty literary associations, Monsterology wears its learning lightly, with information about the origins of each monster tucked offhandedly into Cool Fact footnotes. This one also had a lot more things that you can interact with and they were just delightful to manipulate.

The ardent student of nature soon learns that those creatures we name foul and terrible monsters are in truth the most fabulous beestes awaiting amaz’d discoverie. You even get to open Pandora's box, and there's a little pouch containing facsimiles of the oak leaves of the Oracle. There is a lot of "samples" from the creatures that the author finds especially in the back, there is a section dedicated to the samples found. Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, under the direction of well-known children's illustrators such as Raymond Briggs, Justin Todd, Chris McEwan and John Vernon Lord. You'll find all your favourite creatures here, from the mermaid and the griffin to the yeti, Big Foot and, of course, Nessie.

It has plenty of beautiful watercolor and ink illustrations and specimens for the reader to touch are attached on nearly every page. They flash through the air and slither through the seas, crawl through the earth and lurk in the woods. In 1985, her final year at Brighton, Helen was awarded the first Walker Prize for Children's Illustration.

Wayne Andersen has been illustrating in his colour pencil style for over 40 years and is renowned for his playful imagination and fantastic imagery. The publisher informs us, via subtle hinting, who is or isn't real through publisher's notes - in various guises - at the beginning of each book. While the 15 monsters profiled come from the Western tradition, their homes range from ancient Egypt to Russia to Haiti, with an occasional nod to Asian and North American native traditions as well. Monsterology, the study of fabulous beasts other than Dragons, was originally considered a branch of Wizardology rather than a field in its own right. Information aside, the real "treasures", however, lie inside a lattice-fronted, die-cut cabinet of curiosities set deep inside the back cover.Ernest Drake set forth on his yacht, The Hydra for a year-long voyage around the world to start a new science, he deemed it "Monsterology". He had absolutely no doubt that dragons exist, and his notes suggest that he had no little experience of them. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences. Several jobs later Dugald began working at Templar Publishing, where he worked his way up to Senior Editor, writing and editing many books in house. As well as maps and flaps you're provided with such things as a strand of silver hair from the mane of a unicorn and the ashes from a phoenix nest.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I will (most likely) not be rating all of the "ology" books I will be reading, because that would end up being a lot of ratings lol (especially since I also checked some out from the library). This book purports that they are real and presents evidence, habitat information, attack styles, etc. For anyone who has ever wondered whether legendary beasts still wander among us, this lush look at an astounding array of creatures offers everything a true believer would want to know.

It's a fun book on a fun subject, but in a series where production values are extremely high, it's certainly not one of the finest. Monsterology caters cheerfully to its readers’ fascination with smelly feet, bad breath, and other problematic aspects of the human body that can make us seem, or feel, monstrous. It even included mythological creatures I hadn't heard of before, like the Nue, Japan's version of the chimera.

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