Perfect Picture Book Friday! An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings by Aidan Onn

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is perfect for an intermediate beginning reader.

An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings
Written by Aidan Onn
Illustrated by Rob Hodgson
56 pages – ages 6+
Published by Lawrence King Publishing on August 22, 2017

Theme/Topic- Mythology/Cryptology/Alphabet
Genre- Fiction/Fantasy
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Alien: The universe is gigantic and must be full of all kinds of weird and wonderful aliens living on faraway planets. They might even occasionally visit us on Earth. Perhaps some of the monsters in this book came from outer space and decided to stay. Which ones do you think might be aliens?”

Synopsis from Publisher: “Do you know how to escape from a stalking werewolf? Have you always wanted to learn the difference between a hobgoblin and an imp, and do you know the secret to avoiding the sharp claws of the ancient Eloko monster?
Learn all these brilliant facts and more with this complete field guide to the strange, scary, and wonderful world of monsters and ancient mythical beings!

What I Thought- This was an interesting A-Z book – it is less about learning the alphabet and more about learning about the mythical beasts within. Because of that, I would place it as meant for a slightly older age group – one that is relatively familiar with the alphabet. The book has a variety of content, ranging from the “common” creatures to beasts from different locations in the world. I really enjoyed how the book taught me of some creatures I didn’t know about either – like the Eloko and the Ushi-oni. The illustrations have a fanciful collage-type feel to them, brightening up the book. This book will be great for children who need to improve their reading ability, as it is a tougher read than most alphabet books – it’s perfect for an advanced reader at a younger age! Kids will love to learn about these fantastical creatures as they flip through the pages.

Activities and Resources- For more ways to teach the alphabet, has a great list of activities HERE!

If you want to keep up the monstrous fun, has various monster-based crafts and activities HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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12 replies

  1. Hey! A great review of a unique picture book. Nice to see you here. Hope you are doing OK. I imagine highschool is keeping you busy.

  2. Oooh, a creepy book. Perfect timing for Halloween!
    I would have loved this book as a kid.
    Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  3. I could actually see this one being useful in a middle school classroom studying mythical creatures, Erik.

  4. Until today, I never actually wondered about the difference between hobgoblins and imps. But since you mentioned it above, I’m going to check out this book and find out. Thanks for a great review of a fascinating book.

  5. Interesting review. Thanks Erik.

  6. Great review, Erik. I’m glad to see that you’re still at it.

  7. Great review, Erik! I, too, was thinking this is a great choice for October. Thanks for featuring it! I just put it on hold at the library. Cheers!

  8. Sounds like a fun book for older kids!

  9. This looks like a fun book for older elementary kids. I would have loved it!

  10. This looks like the Dungeons & Dragons “Monster Manual” for elementary school! What a fun way to work in some mythology and imagination. And A-to-Z makes it like a reference book.

  11. Interesting book Erik. An unusually bigger book that normal for PB’s, and great for Halloween.

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