Published by Chronicle Books
Summary: Each two-page spread features a creature from the files of cryptozoology (creatures rumored to exist, but never scientifically documented). The actual animal isn’t shown in full, just a part or hint of it, with a report of a sighting in the form of a poem. For instance, Bigfoot’s entry includes a milk carton with this verse: “Missing/Last seen: walking in the forest/Height and weight: much more than you/Gender: unknown/Hair: all over/Shoe size (Rumored): 92”. The first page tells about cryptozoology, and the endpapers include a list of all the creatures in the book with a brief description of each. Grades 2-6.
Pros: This is one clever book, and the topic is sure to be popular with young readers, who will want to spend some time studying the illustrations. A fun and easy introduction to poetry by two former children’s poet laureates.
Cons: If you get this book out of the library (which you should), the creatures’ descriptions on the endpapers will most likely be partially covered by a taped-down book jacket.