2009 Winner: Bookbuilders West award: Best Children s Book: Cover. Jeff Miracola: Artist of the Year: GenCon 2011 annual convention. Jeff s work has fascinated me since we first met while working on games like Dungeons & Dragons . His art and imagination were cutting-edge then, and what he brings to the children s book world is cutting-edge now. Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles Welcome to Monster Isle is a children's book I would have loved to read to my own kids...The kids will love these monsters, and adults reading this book to those kids will appreciate the homages, the lively plot, and the fun art...It'd be a terrific gift for any creature-loving kids in your life."Tony Isabella, Comics Buyer's Guide A family s vacation goes awry when a perfect storm tosses their skipper s tiny boat off course. Now seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island! Finnegan, his sister, parents, and dog Howl go into the wild and encounter a menagerie of monsters. Can these survivors befriend beasts straight from their wildest imaginations? Fans of Monsterology , Dragonology , Bakugan , and Pokemon will take a trip they ll never forget, since being lost was never so fantastic! "It's a charming introduction to crytozoology for very young children, with the polysyllabic words they seem to enjoy, and gorgeously illustrated. And it has positive messages aplenty: man and manimal can live in harmony; you create your own fears; and working cooperatively is rewarding. If, as an adult, you have to read the same story every single night till your sanity gives way, this will be more pleasant than 99% of the competition." Fortean Times "It's never too soon to introduce children to cryptozoology, and that's why new kids' book Monster Isle is the perfect teaching tool...[Miracola's] big, stylized monsters are the perfect combination of fanged and funny." - io9.com "Here is a book that is geared towards kids, but embraces the adventurer in all of us. If you are as huge a fan of the SciFi Channel s DESTINATION TRUTH as I am, you ll definitely want to check out this book of monsters creatively illustrated by Jeff Miracola...one that will most likely please those youngsters who are just forming an interest in comics. Perfect bed time story reading material." - Ain t It Cool News"
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Book Review: Welcome to Monster Isle by Oliver Chin - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (01 Sep 2011)
My son constantly asks my to re-read the book. He even begs me to go to Monster island for our next holiday.
This book is fun the read and includes some of the classic monsters in large glossy graphics, such as the Yowie, Gryphon and a few other mythical creatures.
A family ship wrecks on a strange island then they split up (much like a typical bad horror movie) to find help only to stumble on the islands lost and hidden creatures.
I would recommend this to any toddler especially when they are going through a monster phase!
9 out of 10.
Author Biography - Oliver Chin
Oliver Chin is the author of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, The Adventures of WonderBaby: From A to Z, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, and Baltazar and the Flying Pirates.Jeff Miracola's
artwork is appreciated worldwide in trading cards for Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. He has illustrated for Warner Bros. Batman Beyond and Nickelodeon's Animorphs, and in games for Electronic Arts and Upper Deck's World of Warcraft. He resides in Wisconsin with his wife and three children.