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Here Be Monsters Hardcover – Illustrated, 10 Oct 2013
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Here's why we loved this - these pirates don't mess around, in fact they're a fairly unlikeable bunch as pirates should be (I say unlikeable but we LOVED the characters, they're the real deal!) Jonathan's rhyming text is perfectly pitched, and Poly's utterly fantastic artwork practically leaps off the page. Look out for his utterly wonderful map at the start of the book. (readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk)
a spine-tingling read for Halloween (The Visitor)
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Top Customer Reviews
We are now looking forward to seeing the stage show in a couple of weeks.
This (besides Tom's Clockwork Dragon) may be our favourite so far.
It is such a pleasure to read, as a parent, with lots of alliteration and a really fun rhyme scheme and rhythm to the lines, and the story is great too.
Pirate Capatain Cut-throat is a pretty scary prospect - he loves his treasure, and hearing of an island covered in huge gemstones he ignores the advise of his crew ("bu t here be monsters!") and sails through the mists to claim his prize. But along the way, some rather large creatures find his crew... And just what will he find on the island?
The animal pirates are beautifully rendered by Bernatene, as well as the 'residents' of the island. The Captain gest his just desserts and my son loved the ending and the truth about the island.
I personally adored Emmett's choice of words - murky mist, mate's misgivings, wall of wispy whiteness - fantastic alliteration makes it a real pleasure to read aloud. The refrain of 'here be monsters!" worked well, and the language was just a small nod above my son's current level to stretch his understanding while being easily interpretable by the context.
The island 'gems' are stunning in their colour too, and I liked the illustrative touches of seeing the 'whole view' island and the captain made small and the reader seeing the twist, as well as the telescopic eye view as Cut-throat looks to the island so we see him and what HE can see at the same time. Nice touches.
My son's now a real pirate-story fan, we've already taken this to share at nursery and have read it several times. One for 3-6 year olds. Just brilliant.
Thank you for making this! Well-done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic rhyming story for children of around 4 ish they soon join in with "monsters simply don't exist" very quickly and one word of warning you will not get away with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. B. Crane
My grandson enjoyed this book so much we are going to the stage show.Published 15 months ago by Mrs L J Taylor
Bought this for my son before I took him to see the show at the landmark theatre, ilfracombe. It's a great story! Great show too. If you can get to watch it I strongly advise it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am taking my grandson to see the stage show and this is a great introduction. He adores pirates and monsters. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dave
An amusing story, popular with my granddaughter. Beautifully illustrated. Doesn't get five stars, because the scansion doesn't always work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr N S Power
Given as a present to a little girl who is going to see the stage show. Nice to read and know the story before.Published 18 months ago by Emmasgran