Monsters You Should Know (Hardcover)

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Somehow, these monsters are simultaneously cute and terrifying. I found myself flipping through exclaiming at the adorable monster that looks like a tiny elephant, only to discover on the next page that it will eat your hopes and dreams. SanCartier's illustration style keeps the truths behind these monsters from being too terrifying, and the whiplash transition from cute to evil adds an element of humor to creatures that might otherwise be very scary, even for adults.

— Kristen


Meet the world's most unusual monsters in this darkly funny collection of creatures and cryptids from folkloric history. Illustrator Emma SanCartier captures the bizarre and hilarious elements of 17 monsters from around the world in a light, tongue-in-cheek tone, from the Japanese dream-eater Baku and the Persian carnivorous unicorn Shadhavar to the Eastern-European Shurale, a literal tickle monster. Packaged in a textured three-piece case and illustrated in lush watercolor, Monsters You Should Know is a perfect primer for the many strange, frightening, and compelling things that go bump in the night.

About the Author

Emma SanCartier is a freelance illustrator whose work has been featured in children's books, magazines, and gallery shows. Originally from northern Ontario, she currently lives in Seattle.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452167770
ISBN-10: 145216777X
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Pages: 112
Language: English