Fall 2019


The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Could Dr. Frankenstein’s machine ever animate a body? Why should vampires drink from veins and not arteries? What body parts are best for zombies to eat? (It’s not brains.) This fascinating encyclopedia of monsters delves into the history and science behind eight legendary creatures, from Bigfoot and the kraken to zombies and more. Find out each monster’s origin story and the real-world history that informed it, and then explore the science of each creature in fun and surprising ways. Tips and infographics—including monster anatomy, how to survive a vampire attack, and real-life giant creatures of the deep sea—make this a highly visual and fun-to-browse book.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$19.99 $14.99
$30.65 $22.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 148
Publication Date 2019-09-03
BISACS JNF008000, JNF048040, JNF016000
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1100
Guided Reading Level Z
Features Fast facts, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents


Publishers Weekly

“®eaders will savor details about how history, superstition, and human perception have inspired some of the most feared and beloved monster legends.”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal Online

“[T]he connections to history and science also make the text fascinating and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.”—School Library Journal


“A fantastically researched, absolutely delectable approach to science education.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Informative and entertaining throughout for readers undead or otherwise.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Carlyn Beccia

Monstrous author Carlyn Beccia (pronounced Betcha) is an author, illustrator and graphic designer with blood type B+ (in case any vampires are reading this). Beccia's children's books, including The Raucous Royals, I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, and They Lost Their Heads, have won numerous awards including the Golden Kite Honor, the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Award, and the Cybils Award. If you would like to know what she has in her zombie preparedness kit, visit her at www.CarlynBeccia.com