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Thursday, July 24, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 61.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Here Be Monsters: Volume 1 of the Ratbridge Chronicles
by Alan Snow


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This book takes readers to a very odd new world. It's inhabited not only by talking rats and flying contraptions (not terribly unusual in the world of fiction), but also by "boxtrolls" (curious, tinkering tiny men who wear cardboard boxes as clothing) and "cabbageheads" (even more curious little folk who love cabbages so much that they tie them onto their heads). Add to that men in horse costumes hunting wild cheeses, an invention that can transfer size from one thing to another, and pirates who do laundry, and you have one seriously strange, but entertaining book. Having trouble visualizing this unusual world? There are over 500 line drawings scattered throughout this large chapter book.

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