Book Review for “The Monstrumologist”

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Yancey, R. (2009). The monstrumologist. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

            Looking for a tantalizing adventure that’ll make your skin crawl? At some point in our lives, we have all believed in monsters. Whether they were under our beds or in our closets we feared the things that went bump in the night. Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist will entertain you while making your worst fears come true.

Yes, monsters do exist, and the people that study and hunt them are called monstrumologists. Meet Will Henry, a young boy of only twelve years. He is an assistant-apprentice to the New World’s leading, well perhaps only, monstrumologist. Doctor Pellinore Warthrop is a curious specimen. He barely eats, barely sleeps, and spends all of his time in his lab studying his latest find. From tiny bug-like monsters that crawl under your skin, to giant man-eating monsters, Doctor Warthrop has seen it all, and Will Henry is about to as well. Late one fateful night a mysterious visitor comes entreating to the doctor’s door. The monster he has found that night will change Will Henry’s life forever.  The existence of the anthropophagus has been confirmed in the Americas, and the only person that can uncover the mystery of their migration is Doctor Warthrop; of course this means Will Henry too. The anthropophagi are perhaps the most frightening monsters in existence. They have razor sharp claws, and teeth like that of a shark; are headless creatures that see through eyes engrossed in their torso. In one jump they can leap forty feet in the air! Trust me, not many people survive an anthropophagus attack. You would think people would want to stay as far away from these creatures as possible, but Will Henry and Doctor Warthrop are headed for their den. The Monstrumologist follows Will Henry’s adventure finding, capturing, and killing the things people fear most, including the monstrous anthropophagus.

Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist is a clever example of a fiction novel. The genius of this novel is that Yancey adds just enough elements of realistic fiction to make this story seem almost believable. Will Henry is a young boy growing up in the Americas. His parents perished in an unfortunate fire, and their beloved family friend takes him in as his apprentice. Pellinore Warthrop, or the doctor, calls himself a doctor of philosophy; together they study and undercover all the creepy, crawly, and downright disgusting monsters that lurk in unexpected places. Have you ever seen an anthropophagus? If your answer is no, that is because the doctor and Will Henry study, chase, and hunt these creatures before they become a menace to society, so you can credit your well-being to these two unlikely heroes of sorts. So can you really be sure monsters don’t exist? After reading this young adult novel, you may not be so sure.

Will the doctor and Will Henry stamp out the presence of the anthropophagus in the Americas forever? How many fated victims will this sickening creature claim before it is found out? Read Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist to find out what nightmares are made of.

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