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Here Be Monsters! The Ratbridge Chronicles, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Friendly monsters help boy in quirky, wildly whimsical tale.

Book Alan Snow Fantasy 2006
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I have just started and hopefully will be able to add to this review. But I would like to add there is more language than the official review mentions (like hell and damnable)

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HERE BE MONSTERS is a wild concoction of whimsy, satire, creepiness, and slapstick. At 544 pages, it may seem alarmingly hefty, but author Alan Snow propels things at a fast clip with a deftly crafted narrative and plentiful illustrations. Many of the elements here are well worn -- intrepid kid! Pirates! Weird inventions! Fiendish villains! Dystopian worlds! Evil greed! -- but they all come together here with a madcap Roald-Dahl-meets-Monty-Python sensibility.

Book Details

  • Author: Alan Snow
  • Illustrator: Alan Snow
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Adventures , Friendship , Pirates
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: July 1, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 14
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: August 7, 2022

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