Thursday, March 6, 2014

HERE THERE BE MONSTERS: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid by H.P. Newquist.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010. 73 p. 978-0-547-07678-2; hb., $18 Grade 5- adult

Excellent coverage of historical legends of the Kraken (now called the giant squid) from ancient to contemporary times. Amply illustrated with ancient maps, woodcuts and contemporary photos, this book grabs one's attention. If there is any doubt about the existence of the squid, the photos of the 26 foot long recent catch stretched out on stainless steel will remove all doubt and possibly result in nightmares for the squeamish. Knife-life hooks coming out of the suckers and teeth-like blades on the
tongue, not to mention the 13" diameter eyeball, are sure to intrigue, gross-out and entertain, children and adults alike. The anatomy of the squid is very interesting is sure to keep the interest of those who delve beyond the illustrations to read the science. There is still a great deal to learn about these elusive mysterious creatures. Well-written for children and adults alike.
Susie Rohrbough, Accordionist and Librarian at large

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