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Children’s Book Review: Welcome to Monster Isle

Written By: Paranormal News

Posted: 8/25/2008 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3075   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Cryptozoology

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If you are a fan of the Magic: The Gathering artist Jeff Miracola, or even if you’re not and just want a colorful children’s book, you might want to pick up Welcome to Monster Isle which is going to be released in September 2008. Written by Oliver Chin, it follows the adventures of the Summers family after being shipwrecked while on vacation. I think most people have a bizzare fascination and would probably enjoy being stranded on an island, myself included--at least for a short while. This book will take you and your children on that adventure, and given the beautiful illustrations, your imagination and your children’s imagination will be completely immersed in that netherworld known as--well, Monster Isle.

The island itself is divided up into colors with each area having a monster of its own modeled after a number of cryptids that your children might read about in the school library, or that your children might want to read about after this book. They meet Yowie (Bigfoot), Quetzalcoatl the winged serpent, Catoblepas the enormous red buffalo, the Abominable Snowman, Ogopogo (Canadian Loch Ness Monster), the Gryphon, the Zillard (Godzilla-like giant lizard), and finally (and less monstrously perhaps) a living volcano. All monsters on Monster Isle are afraid of each other until the Summers family inadvertently end up bringing them all together, at which point they have a party and help the family back to civilization.

Many children’s books seem to operate in stealth-mode when it comes to any type of moral you might derive from it. After reading it, I sat back and couldn’t really think of one other than a lesson stating that working together in an otherwise scary world will keep you safe, there is nothing to fear when you stick together, and you might even inspire that scary world around you to be less scary as well. But the moral of the story is pretty second-nature and really doesn’t matter in this case. I’m rolling my own eyes by my mere attempt to find one.

The book serves more as an introduction for your kids to things they might hear in history class and in popular culture than as an encyclopedic tombstone of dead facts. Teachers generally teach history and mythology as if they are reading from a recipe as opposed to letting kids taste the food, so any help in increasing their enjoyment in learning about such things is appreciated. The creatures are pulled both from cryptozoology as well as mythologies from various cultures, so the blending of the two will more than likely make history just a bit more fantastic and entertaining. Monster Isle is eye-catching like a child’s imagination should be, so it will feel right at home while you’re reading it to them before they go to sleep at night.

And Mr. Miracola, on an unrelated sidenote, I’d appreciate it if you send me one of your Black Lotus cards.

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