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****Everything I Know About Monsters

A Collection of Made-up Facts, Educated Guesses, and Silly Pictures about Creatures of Creepiness

by Tom Lichtenheld

Reviewed January 1, 2003.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2002.  36 pages.
Available at Sembach Library  (E LIC).

This book is simply good silly fun.  The author does assure the reader right at the start that there really are no such things as monsters.  However, he goes on:  “But, monsters DO exist in our imaginations.  And, as you know, our imaginations are immensely HUGE.  (Your imagination is so huge that sometimes it leaks out of your ears as earwax.)”

He then goes on to catalog and describe such common monsters as Under-the-Bed Monsters (like the Triple-Tentacled Tickler), Closet Monsters, Basement Monsters, Attic Monsters, and the Homework Hasher, among others.  He details monster avoidance techniques and practical tips such as “Never let a monster borrow your sports car.”

You might not want to give this book to a child so young he doesn’t yet understand the difference between reality and fantasy, but young school-age children will find this book delightful, and their parents will get a good laugh as well.

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