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Here be Monsters!: The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1: An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures
Here be Monsters!: The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1: An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures
by Alan Snow
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-way ticket to Ratbridge, please!, 18 Aug. 2006
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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