"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly," Lauren Bacall once said. Not only is English author/illustrator Alan Snow flying high in his book Here Be Monsters (Atheneum, 2005) but he's definitely having fun and giving the reader a good time as well. The illustrated middle grade novel has a whole cast of interesting characters that live in the city of Ratbridge. We get to meet most of them through a boy named Arthur, who came above ground to get food for himself and his grandfather. Arthur is captured by Snatcher and the Hunt, while they're out hunting cheeses. Yes, you heard right. Not only will you meet cheeses, but Mr. Nibble, some friendly boxtrolls, a cabbage head or two, some fresh water sea cows, the rabbit women, and the rats and pirates from the Ratbridge Nautical Laundry.
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