Tales of the Cryptids

Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Everyone loves the stories of legendary creatures that just might really exist. This book relies on the latest information from cryptozoologists, experts who study these mysterious beings, and the counter-arguments are explored from experts who strongly believe they do not exist. Stories from eyewitnesses are recounted, as well. Included in the book are Bigfoot (Sasquatch), Loch Ness monster, Mokele Mbembe (Africa), Kongamato, Shunka Warak’in, Mapinguari (South America), giant squids, mermaids, coelocanthes, and more. An extensive “For Further Investigation” section, offering readers more places to find information, will conclude the book.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2006
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2006-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.5
BISACS JNF051000, JNF052030
Dewey 001.944
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 11 x 9.375
Lexile 1160
ATOS Reading Level 8.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 107288
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Kelly Milner Halls

Kelly Milner Halls is a full-time children's writer, specializing in quirky topics for reluctant readers. Kelly lives in Washington with her two daughters, one dog, too many cats, and a four-foot rock iguana.

Author, Illustrator: Rick C. Spears

As a young child, Rick C. Spears was fascinated by dinosaurs and spent many hours drawing pictures of prehistoric animals in various scenes of combat. Time passed and, though still a pretty good artist, his teenaged interests replaced dinosaurs with Japanese monsters, Star Wars, and girls (not necessarily in that order). It wasn't until after college that Rick rekindled his love of prehistory and began to fancy himself a paleoartist. Since then, his artwork has found its way into museum displays, books, magazines, and even a board game. Rick currently resides in Georgia with his wife, Darlene, who patiently tolerates all this dinosaur/monster/alien stuff as a part of everyday life.

Author: Roxyanne Young


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2006


Jeff Meldrum, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology, Idaho State University

“Tales of the Cryptids is a delightful book that is both informative and entertaining for young and old alike. For months it has occupied a prominent spot on the end table in our family room, and my boys have all devoured it, enthralled by the engaging layout and artwork. It will certainly spark the imaginations of a rising generation of cryptozoologists.”
Jeff Meldrum, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology, Idaho State University

Kirkus Reviews

“. . . a delight for casual browsers and for would-be cryptozoologists alike.”