Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures with Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky, Illustrator
Jim Arnosky. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4231-3028-4
Reviewed on: 06/06/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
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Arnosky investigates whether legendary beasts like Bigfoot might exist, in this introduction to cryptozoology and nature's as-yet-undiscovered secrets. Pointing to the vastness of the ocean, he uses the giant squid as an example of an animal once believed to be mythical, but whose existence has been verified ("the sailors were even right about their glowing eyes"). Arnosky thoughtfully speculates where an animal like Bigfoot might live, "in a cave like a bear, or in the open like a moose?" and searches for the Lake Champlain Monster, which he depicts with its neck gracefully rising above the sunset-lit water. This inveterate naturalist's curiosity should inspire the same in readers. Ages 7–10. (July)
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