Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.Read more...
Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.
- ISBN-13: 9780761184614
- ISBN-10: 0761184619
- Publisher: Workman Publishing
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 176
- Reading Level: Ages 9-14
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Described as a “reimagining” of an early 20th-century book of the same name by William Cox, this delightful collection of tall tales stands on its own as an exploration of weird creatures from American folklore. From the giant land fish known as the slide-rock bolter to the long-limbed acropelter, “closely related to the African baboon but slightly more evil,” animals of myth and legend populate the pages, making Johnson’s (Immortal Lycanthropes) collection a perfect way to introduce younger readers to cryptozoology. An unnamed narrator spins cautionary tales in which unwary travelers, unwise hunters, and unexpected historical figures encounter cactus cats, hodags, hoop snakes, squonks, and more—each entry stranger and more tongue-in-cheek than the one before. Off-kilter typography gives the stories an additional air of surreality, while Mead renders the creatures with expressive detail, bringing them (or the unfortunate aftermaths of their encounters) to life in creepy b&w cartoons. These are stories to be read late at night to an audience willing to be surprised, startled, and kept up wondering about what might lurk nearby. Ages 9–12. (Sept.)