Katz, Bobbi. 2009. THE MONSTEROLOGIST: A MEMOIR IN RHYME. Ill. by Adam McCauley. New York: Sterling. ISBN 9781402744174 [Suggested Grade Levels 3- 6]
In this ghoulish collection of poetry, a renowned “Monsterologist” shares his wisdom with young readers. The scientist’s dangerous world travels and strange experiences with the paranormal are all documented in this clever “memoir” that encourages intrepid children to follow in his footsteps and practice “Monsterology.” Monsters as diverse as Count Dracula, Medusa, The Kraken, Yeti, and Godzilla are all included in this scary collection.
Katz’s bizarrely fun poetry covers a wide range by including both popular and some lesser known monster myths. Older readers will enjoy the rhyme and content of these accessible and entertaining poems. McCauley’s mixed media illustrations are appropriately gruesome and greatly add to the charm of the book. The embossed cover, letters written in script and fold-out pages lend a scrapbook feel to the memoir. This volume will be popular with young people looking for fantasy poetry.
This is a great book of poems for teachers and librarians looking for something fun to share with children during Halloween. These brief selections would also make entertaining Reader’s Theatre performances and will be a perfect choice for young people who are reluctant to read poetry.
Other monster poetry collections for children:
Dipucchio, Kelly and Gris Grimly. SIPPING SPIDERS THROUGH A STRAW: CAMPFIRE SONGS FOR MONSTERS. ISBN 9780439584012
Prelutsky, Jack. NIGHTMARES: POEMS TO TROUBLE YOUR SLEEP. ISBN 978-0688800536
Prelutsky, Jack. THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN RIDES TONIGHT: MORE POEMS TO TROUBLE YOUR SLEEP. ISBN 978-0688117054
By Kimberly C. Kinnaird