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A Practical Guide to Monsters Book Review

Noises under the bed? Howls at night? Get the 411 on monster survival with A Practical Guide to Monsters! We review it here.
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A Practical Guide to Monsters Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Oct 01, 2007
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Noises under the bed? Howls at night? Get the 411 on monster survival with A Practical Guide to Monsters! We review it here.

Author: Nina Hess

Like something pulled straight from a wizard's library, A Practical Guide to Monsters is a handy-dandy reference book on how not to get eaten by dozens of icky monsters. It's full of terrific artwork and fun facts on different creatures, from goblins to the undead and more. Here's our review of this colorful and helpful book by Nina Hess.

Book Basics

Want to know how to confuse a troll? How about escape a goblin ambush or survive an attacking Griffon? And who knew that fake pointy ears would keep a land shark from gnawing your legs off? Breaking it down by monster, this guide gives you pictures and info on dozens of creepy critters as well as scribbled notes with random "These also taste good in a stew!" type facts.

Fun Facts

There are lots of fun facts in this book as well as tons of incredible artwork - most of it is way better than the cover art! It's an easy read for fantasy fans of any age. And if you've read the Knights of the Silver Dragon books you'll recognize the intro and some of the quotes coming from Zendric the wizard as well as Driskoll and Kellach.


Run Screaming!

Lots of the monsters in this book are classics - ogres, trolls, ghosts, vampires and werewolves. But a few are totally bizarre creatures you'll only find in Dungeons & Dragons games and books. And they're weird even for D&D monsters. Yrthaks?!? What about Umber Hulks?


The Bottom Line

A Practical Guide to Monsters is a great casual read with some fun facts and lots of cool fantasy artwork. Even with the slightly bizarre collection of monsters it's great for fantasy fans, especially if they've read the Knights of the Silver Dragon books or play Dungeons & Dragons.


For more information, head to the official site for A Practical Guide to Monsters


A Practical Guide to Monsters Rating:4


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