Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
(Ratbridge Chronicles (Hardback))

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Entertaining antics and skullduggery abound in the book that inspired Laika Studio’s animated film The Boxtrolls, in theaters September 26, 2014!

Welcome to Ratbridge. But beware—for there is skulduggery afoot. Young Arthur has fallen foul of the appalling outlaw, Snatcher, and is trapped alone in the town with every way home sealed. Meanwhile Snatcher and his men are working tirelessly in secret on a fiendish and dastardly plan to destroy the entire town.

With the help of some friendly boxtrolls and cabbageheads, some quirkly townspeople, and the rats and pirates from the Ratbridge Nautical Laundry, can Arthur thwart Snatcher’s evil plans and find his way home?

About Alan Snow

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Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.
Published May 11, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 544 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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The action begins as Snatcher and minions set out on an illegal cheese hunt, climaxes with an explosion that leaves an entire neighborhood coated in cheesy goo and in between delivers enough headlong, riotous adventure for an entire series.

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As a bizarre chain of events occurs (including one involving a greedy fashionista, her "fashion victims" and miniature underlings), Arthur is introduced to more friendly faces --- such as Marjorie, the frustrated inventor, and the crew of the Ratbridge Nautical Laundry --- and begins to uncover t...

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But, fortunately, he soon falls in with a friendly, if peculiar, collection of characters, from retired lawyer Willbury and inventor Marjorie to the various dwellers of the underground, including boxtrolls and cabbageheads as well as a crew of rats and men who, due to a downturn in the pirate bus...

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A Patchwork of Books

At its Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, the ALSC Board reaffirmed the policy that all award and honor books chosen by ALSC book award committees will be automatically included on our Notable Books list.

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The Trades

The illustrations -- also by Snow -- are done in a scribbly doodle style, which is the perfect approach for bringing to visual realization the silly appearance of box trolls (creatures who wear cardboard boxes), cabbageheads (creatures who wear a cabbage on their heads), and the dreaded and feare...

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