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Monsterology (Ology Series)

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Whereas Pirateology looks wonderfully piratey whatever page you open it at, and Egyptology looks all things Egyptian and archaeological, Monsterology is neither one thing nor the other; and certainly not Edwardian.

Witty drawings inserted into the text reinforce the sense, however, that this is a book that aims to amuse rather than frighten. It has plenty of beautiful watercolor and ink illustrations and specimens for the reader to touch are attached on nearly every page. You even get to open Pandora's box, and there's a little pouch containing facsimiles of the oak leaves of the Oracle. They flash through the air and slither through the seas, crawl through the earth and lurk in the woods.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.

It's a guidebook by a fictional natural historian who traveled around the world to observe monsters in their native habitats. It even included mythological creatures I hadn't heard of before, like the Nue, Japan's version of the chimera. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. His record includes beasts of the earth, water, air, and semi-human creatures found around the world, drawing from the mythology of myriad cultures and presenting his findings as fact.I would give "Monsterology The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts" by Ernest Drake a 4-star review because, 1; I really like the illustrations and the information 2; I like how the author covers various creatures 3; I honestly forgot that these creatures are fictional while reading which I loved but 4; I really wish that is was longer and there were more information in this book. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. You have to touch them and play with them even if you can't read the text the book seems appealing to kids of all ages. This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use.

There is a darkness in the shading of the portraits and expression of the characters that indicates “something of the night” about them. This book purports that they are real and presents evidence, habitat information, attack styles, etc. 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? 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.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. You'll find all your favourite creatures here, from the mermaid and the griffin to the yeti, Big Foot and, of course, Nessie. Dugald has now given up his editorial job to concentrate on writing full-time, especially more books with "ology" in the title. Medusa’s perpetual bad hair days, not to mention the hairiness of the Sasquatch and the female werewolf, are exploited with glee, and a recurring editorial comment is “Gross! Review by my granson as the book is his:Following on from the Dragonology set of merchandise this is in the same ilk.

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