Here Be Monsters!

Here Be Monsters!

An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures

Book - 2006 | 1st U.S. ed.
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While gathering food to bring to his grandfather, young Arthur becomes trapped in the city of Ratbridge, where he and some new friends try to stop a plot to shrink the monsters of Arthur's home, the Underworld, for a nefarious purpose. 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 take over -- and destroy -- the entire town. With the help of Willbury Nibble, QC; some friendly boxtrolls and cabbageheads; Marjorie the frustrated inventor; and the rats and pirates from the Ratbridge Nautical Laundry, can Arthur thwart Snatcher's evil plans -- and find his way home? Illustrated throughout with more than five hundred of the author's incredible black-and-white drawings, this unmissable debut novel will captivate anyone who appreciates the unordinary and the extraordinary.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780689870477
Branch Call Number: J SNOW
Characteristics: xii, 529 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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FindingJane Nov 27, 2015

The wretched city of Ratbridge is a secret home to an underground society of engineers (the boxtrolls), farmers (the gibbering cabbageheads) and crafters (the rabbit women). When this delicate balance is disrupted by unscrupulous men, Ratbridge finds itself headed towards disaster.

“Here Be Monsters!” takes off running—and promptly trips over its own feet. A convoluted and improbable conglomeration of humor, fairy tale, conspiracy and whimsy, the novel throws so many things into its weird little stew that it’s hard to know where to look. There is a crazy, secret revenge plan by a bunch of top-hatted rogues, an invention that falls into the wrong hands, feral cheeses, pantomime horses, vain callipygian women obsessed with fashion and style, an amnesiac smiter with iron socks, laundry-handling rats, sea cows and the crossdressing maniac who is wrapped up in all of it. At times, the novel gets so caught up in its own lunacy that you wonder if there’s a point to it all.

The revelation of the mystery plans and the trouncing of the villain is so absurd that it’s beyond laughter and more likely to raise eyebrows than a chuckle. This is lunacy that strains itself to be goofy and barely succeeds. (If you want a better story and a more streamlined plot, I strongly advise you to see the movie “The Boxtrolls”. It’s just as absurd but it cuts out some of the more outrageous elements, making for a much more coherent tale. It’s a rare case of the movie being better than the book.)

Sep 17, 2015

I didn't finish this - I am clearly too in love with the film. I found that I resented every detail that differed from the movie so I ended up returning the book after 2 chapters when it became evident that I was not liking the characters or plot. Too bad because it is plain that many many people LOVE this book. I will probably try again in a year or 2.

Apr 03, 2014

Hurry! Scurry! You Must read this exciting, quirky tale, to give you the Very Best experience when the fabulous Movie comes out in September!! ("The Boxtrolls" by wonderful Laika Studios). Ratbridge Rules!!! A Perfect book for continuing bedtime chapter-reading...

Nov 18, 2012

Review from 2nd grade boy:
I recommend this book to kids. The main character is Arthur. He lives underground. Arthur's adventures start when he goes to gather food for himself and his grandfather. It has good description. It is really exciting.


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