Guide to Sea Monsters

From the Series Cryptid Guides: Creatures of Folklore
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 9
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Sea monsters, such as the Kraken and the Loch Ness Monster, are cryptids--creatures whose existence is not yet proven to be true. Cryptozoologists gather stories from folklore and investigate reported sightings. In this guide, you'll find fascinating sea monster facts, including where in the world sea monsters are thought to exist, reported sightings, sea monsters in popular culture, and how to spot a lake monster.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 5
Age Range 8 - 14
Dewey 1.944
Lexile IG950L
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Guided Reading Level U
Subjects High Interest
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Nonfiction
Publisher Crabtree Publishing
Imprint Crabtree Branches
Copyright 2023
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8.5 x 10.75
Graphics Full-color photographs
BISACS JNF046000, JNF052030, JNF008000
Rights Included WORLD
Language English


Rather than focus on one specific monster, this volume from the Cryptid Guides: Creatures of Folklore series (4 titles) dives into the broader category of sea monsters, venturing into oceans, lakes, and swamps as well as the legends that give such creatures life. The book organizes its monsters into general categories, typically giving two-page spreads to the likes of mythical giants (the Norse kraken, the Inuit Qalupalik, and Japan’s umibōzu), smaller beasties (sirens, selkies, and kelpies), and prehistoric monsters that might have evolved into cryptids. Spotlights are placed on Nessie and Godzilla, and readers can also find tips for monster spotting. Highly visual with varied layouts and copious digital illustrations, this is a great choice for high-low readers that indulges belief in the unknown while still pulling in solid information on hoaxes and monster misidentification.

Author: Carrie Gleason

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