The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters

By Judy Sierra; Henrik Drescher (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763617271, 63pp.

Publication Date: July 2005


Make room in your suitcase for this monstrously entertaining guide to fantastic creatures around the world — and how to elude them.

I did not make any of this up.

Do you know why you should have baby teeth handy when visiting the Midwest? Or why you should bring a cucumber with you when swimming in Japan? How good are you at solving Russian riddles? From Boston to Bejing, from Moscow to Mali, any place you visit has its own terrifying tales of very real creatures. Complete with handy "gruesomeness ratings," this guide offers all the important facts on some sixty-three folkloric monsters and how (if possible!) to survive an encounter with them. Meticulously researched by Judy Sierra and illustrated in grotesque detail by Henrik Drescher, here is the ultimate resource for any world traveler, armchair or otherwise, hoping to make it home alive.

About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers "Antarctic Antics", illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; "Wild About Books", illustrated by Marc Brown; and "The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School", illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is renowned for her retellings of traditional tales. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her online at

Henrik Drescher is the award-winning author of dozens of books for adults and children, including Turbulence and Postal SEance. He lives in Dali, Yunnan, China.