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Here Be Monsters Hardcover – Illustrated, 10 Oct 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230760503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760509
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Pirates meet Monsters!

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Great story which myself and my children enjoy reading,
We are now looking forward to seeing the stage show in a couple of weeks.
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Can't recommend this highly enough. We recently met Jonathan Emmett at an author event and since then, my son has pestered me to get all his books out of the library.

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.
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Captain Cut-throat has heard tell of an island full of jewels, but it's in an area of mist where "Here be monsters" and his crew are nervous. This doesn't bother the Captain who doesn't believe in monsters anyway but as the journey progresses his crew are gradually taken by shadows that appear and disappear in the mist. At last he reaches land and finds himself alone, so goes ashore and finds the gems - only they're not exactly what he thought, and he comes to a sticky end. Told in rhyming couplets, there are lots of bright colourful illustrations on every page
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A dark and beautifully written rhyming pirate tale with some fabulous alliteration and great repetition. The pictures are reminiscent of the "Ice Age" film featuring the bad baboon. Some younger children might find the content a little scary. This is probably suitable for mature 5-year-olds. It features monsters, as the title suggests, and doesn't end happily for the disbelieving captain. Be warned!
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Originally got this from the library, my son loved it and it's not lost its appeal on owning it.
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I won't spoil the plot, but this book has become one of my favourite children's books! I think the artist did such a beautiful job - I love the colours, especially, but also enjoy the cute drawings. The story is fabulous and is such a good teaching tool -- all that glitters is not gold!
Thank you for making this! Well-done!
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I first borrowed this book from the library for my 3 year old twin boys. Both of them enjoyed it a lot and requested it to be read at bedtime over and over again. It is easy to read with its rhymes and the illustrations and colours are very good and eye-catching. My kids get very excited when the monsters appear! It's not quite the happy ending most picture books have though but that's not a bad thing. There is a moral behind the story(but my boys are too young to understand it still!). I'd certainly recommend it for young fans of monsters and pirates.
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Great story, my 4-year-old loves it! Nicely illustrated, with a great plot. We have been reading it every night for a couple of weeks...
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