Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods – by Hal Johnson


Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.

Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.

Guys! Guys!……there are glow in the dark pages all throughout this book! AND ON THE FRONT COVER!! The illustrations are creeptastic! Excellent job Tom Mead!

My favorite part of this book is that there are stories set in Canada!! yaay!! All of the stories are very well thought out. I often found myself thinking “how on earth did the author think of that?!”. These very detailed stories sometimes describe bits and pieces of the narrators appearance. You really have to stretch your imagination to try to put together all of the descriptions and picture him.

When I had first purchased this book I found it in the 6-8 early readers age group. I realized that they had moved the book to the 9-12 age group later on. Great move. There was some death and some gruesome injuries in these stories. Fantastic, shiver inducing, goosebump giving stories! Not only that, but the language seemed advanced for a 6-8 age group. It really does suit the 9-12 age group much better.

An excellent book!! Just creepy enough in my opinion! So creative and imaginative!

I give this one *9/10*

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