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Here Be Monsters: The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1 Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192719645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192719645
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Snow is an English artist, working with books, animation, film and computers. He has written and illustrated over 160 books for children, including How Dogs Really Work, The Truth About Cats, and How Santa Really Works. He has also worked on a very diverse range of other projects, including work on the design of a children's science museum in Japan and the design of a project robot currently on sale worldwide.

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With belting characters, adorable illustrations and other fantastic inventions it will keep a child’s appetite for fun fully satisfied. -- The Big Issue, August 29, 2005

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Gormenghast meets the Goons - the start of an astonishing new fiction series from one of the UK's top illustrators.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Georgio on 12 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I absolutley LOVED this book. When i first got it, it was soooooo looking foward to it. Alan Snow is a brilliant aurthor. Anyone who sent in a bad review is a nutter! I loved the part where Tom and Kipper control the doll using Grandfathers invention, and the part where the gianormous rat explodes and covers everywhere with cheese. J.K.Rowling, move aside because Alan Snow is here!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hani Lizzy S on 18 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I was convinced to buy this book merely by the cover illustration. The sheer absurdity of a small being in a tatty box enticed my sense of intregue and I ordered it the next day.

The world of Ratbridge, the tale's setting, is on the outside an idyll working town. But the sheer imagination that has gone into creating the different quirks and twists of the crazy little world is clearly evident, and enraptures in turn the imaginations of young and old alike. (Many times I have had to wrestle said book off my mother...)

The story has something for everyone. A lively, pacy style of writing conveys action and prose in a style appealing to all ages. The surreal creatures inhabiting the underworld of ratbridge, the stereotypically (but not in a necessarily bad way) evil calculus of the Ratbridge Cheese Guild, the plucky young hero, Arthur and his mentor Willbury Nibble QC (retired.) and (trust me, you have to read the book to understand this part) the well-deserved fate of the women with hexagonal buttocks!

You can't really review this without revealing the plot, so I leave on this note: A story for all from six to sixty-six. Appealing to children because of the lively, action-packed page-turner this book happens to be, and for parents... trying to recapure lost youth with a children's book? Try the Ratbridge Chronicles.

You'll never look at Cheese the same way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
We initially picked up this book because of the wonderful illustrations, and were delighted to find that the story and characters were just as enjoyable. Inventiveness and humour spring from the page, and the story cracks along at a good pace, too: the whole book is a joy to read. Please, Mr Snow, may we have more adventures of Arthur and his friends? Especially Tom and Kipper... and most especially of all Fish the boxtroll.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom, age 10 on 30 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's really great. It's exciting and imaginative. There are loads of wacky ideas and really strange creatures. I liked the pirates who get stuck in the canal and start a laundry. At first I thought I wouldn't like it because it's a really thick book but once I started reading it, I wanted to know what happened in the end. I loved the drawings, especially the War Rat. I can't wait for the next book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "oasis-rock" on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I totally loved this book! Especially the boxtrolls - all the characters are original and imaginative. i can't begin to imagine how the author got his inspiration to make up all these different creatures. It's similar to fantasy - a mix of humans, elves and other creatures but in Here Be Monsters there's humans and rats and talking cheese (which are unfairly used by the rats to gain town domination) - it's simply a whole different world.
I think this is a wonderful book and any child would enjoy it. The illustrations are brilliant and make it even more of an enjoyable read.
I cant't give anything more but praise. Fab book, and i look forward to the next volume!
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My dad and I read this together after watching the Boxtrolls film in the cinema.
We thought the book was truly fantastic with loads of brilliantly bizarre characters and a gripping storyline which held our interest all the way through. We also laughed out loud a lot.
The book is sooooo much better than the film and we loved the film.
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Well written kids book that I brought after reading about the film which apparently has some innovative and engaging animation.

I love the world Snow's created and look forward to seeing how the film reinterprets it.
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