Title: The Deltora Book of Monsters
Author: Emily Rodda
Series: World of Deltora Companion
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
5th sentence, 74th page: I would dearly love to see it for myself.
Deltora is a land of magic and monsters.
Here, gathered together for the first time in one volume, are many of the terrifying creatures that prowl Deltora’s forests, mountains and deserts, swim in its waters and patrol its skies. Magnificently illustrated in full colour and filled with fascinating facts, The Deltora Book of Monsters is the work of a brave man called Josef – a Deltoran hero, in his own way – who was palace librarian in the time of King Alton.
That was long ago, but the illustrations are as vivid and compelling today as when they were first painted, and Josef’s words still carry the passionate ring of truth. The editors are honoured to have been able to make this great work available to the public at last. It has been hidden for far too long.
Every time I read a book, I imagine the world, the creatures and the characters that have been laid out before my eyes. However, the world of words will only get you so far. Sometimes, it’s a nice benefit to have a visual representation of what you are reading. After all, why else would people read books with pictures?
Written like an informative booklet, The Deltora Book of Monsters not only provides an insight to the monsters which appear throughout the Deltora Quest books, but also the backstory for Josef and the kingdom. They are a reminder of the dangers that a lack of care and vigilance can leave, and help to further show the depths of planning which the Shadow Lord has commenced.
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