Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson, Illustrated by Tom Mead
Published by Workman Publishing Group in 2015.
It is refreshing to see an author be so transparant in their research for fiction books. Folklore and oral history have woven a beautiful background for cryptozoology. Inspired by Henry H. Tryon’s Fearsome Critters, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods tells of 20 creatures from American folklore. Budding cryptzoologists will not only love the stories that Johnson tells, they will love Mead’s illustrations and hidden glowing monsters.
Each story is told in first person perspective, with the narrator telling the reader of his interactions with 20 creatures. These are written in a conversational tone with a story of someone’s interaction with each creature. From the menancing hodag to the curious billdad, to the adorable wapaloosie. Each creature has a unique story that will thrill readers!
Great for a readaloud or to recommend to students!
FTC disclaimer: I recieved this book through interlibrary loan. I recieved no compensation for this review.