Here There Be Monsters
The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid
By HP Newquist
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547076782, 80pp.)
Publication Date: August 2010
HP Newquist's fast-paced account reveals how long-ago myths about the kraken transformed into the modern study of Architeuthis dux, the giant squid.Weaving scientific discovery with historical accountsalong with the giant squid’s appearance in film and literatureHere There Be Monsters explores the mystery of this creature in fascinating detail. Readers will find that the monster remains hidden no longer, because scientists have finally seen the kraken with their own eyes . . . alive and rising up out of the sea.
HP Newquist writes about all kinds of things, from human brains and giant squids to monsters and music. For this book, he traveled all the way to Australia to view a frozen giant squid and then handled Architeuthis arms at Yale University. Despite his best efforts, he has never seen a live giant squid. Or any other monster, for that matter.
"He seamlessly moves among exploration of history, mythology, film, literature and scientific discovery; the discussions of how everyone from Alfred, Lord Tennyson to Jules Verne to Walt Disney kept the myth of the ferocious kraken alive in people's imaginations are especially interesting. The book is abundantly illustrated with charts, maps and photographs."—Kirkus Reviews