The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide by Linda Ashman

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Dear Traveler:

Say you're sailing in the south,
Or hiking in the east.
Your holiday's delightful --
Till you meet a pesky beast.

What now?
Should you ignore it?
Offer presents?
Run and hide?

Don't make a costly blunder --
Take our handy monster guide!


About Linda Ashman

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Linda Ashman is the author of a number of picture books, including "The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide", illustrated by David Small; "Babies on the Go", illustrated by Jane Dyer; and "Sailing off to Sleep", illustrated by Susan Winter. She and her family live in Denver, Colorado. David Small was born on February 12, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan. He studied art and English at Wayne State University, and went on to complete graduate studies in art at Yale. After receiving his MFA degree, he taught drawing and printmaking at the State University of New York, Fredonia College, Kalamazoo College, and the University of Michigan. He also created editorial cartoons for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1980s, he lost his teaching job due to cutbacks. It was then that he committed himself to combining his loves of writing and art. His first picture book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head, was published in 1981. He earned a 1997 Caldecott Honor and The Christopher Medal for The Gardener, written by his wife, Sarah Stewart. In 2001, he received the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in So, You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George. His editorial drawings regularly appear in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and The Washington Post.
Published September 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best, Ashman profiles 13 magical creatures from as many parts of the world.

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Ashman sets up the book as a helpful travel guide ("Guaranteed—some day, some place—/ You'll meet a monster face-to-face./ Don't destroy a great vacation—/ Arm yourself with information!") and offers advice on how to handle the "monster" ("Be careful near Loch Ness./ Don't wander off, oblivious./...

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