Author: Nigel Suckling | Illustrator: Bob Eggleton | Page Count: 112
"Monsters are always good for a thrill."
I came to the book thinking it was mostly a picture book to ignite a child's imagination, but it turned out to be one that was made to reignite it in adults. It is presented as borne out of a deep fascination of the illustrator and combined with the history presented in the text it is definitely outside the realm of a child's attention span. The history is fascinating, but I would have preferred a less clinical style while reading about myths and legends. Suckling spends way too many words describing lake sizes and the reliability of drunk sailors instead of focusing on the awe and wonder myths should inspire. If the words get too stodgy the articles are mercifully short. Most aren't longer than 2 pages. Good read if you like the history and beautiful artwork.
3½ A lot of monsters are serpent-shaped out of 5