Monday, April 27, 2009

Book of the Week: “Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist” by Kevin Collier.

This weeks book is an adventure in "Cryptozoology." What's that you ask?

According to Wikipedia:

Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kriptos, "hidden" + zoology; literally, "study of hidden animals") is the study of and search for animals which fall outside of contemporary zoological catalogs. It consists of two primary fields of research:
*The search for living examples of animals taxonomically identified through fossil records which are considered to be extinct.

*The search for animals that fall outside of taxonomic records due to a lack of empirical evidence, but for which anecdotal evidence exists in the form of myths, legends, or undocumented sightings.

So, how do you make that into a fun and interesting picture book? Leave it to Kevin Collier and he'll find a way.

In this book, Professor Horace is curious about creatures of legends and myths. He sets out on a grand adventure to see if he can find any of these creatures. I won’t spoil the story, but it’s a wild ride he takes you on.
The illustrations are great, as are all of Kevin’s books. They draw you in and really add to the story with all the extra things that are in them.

How does this book go beyond reading? At the back of the book, Kevin created an index. All the mythical creatures in the story are indexed by the pages they appear on as well as a few sentences about the origins of each of them.

Where can you get this great book? You can find it at:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Check out Professor Horace’s web page and learn even more about all those mythical creatures in the book and also learn about cryptozoology.

Kevin is donating all the proceeds from sales of the book to his son’s school, St. John’s Lutheran School. So pop over to either Guardian Angel Publishing or Amazon and pick up your copy today.
posted by Joy Delgado
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Anonymous said...

Cryptozoology is tons of fun. This post reminds me of a great YA novel I read as a kid, called "The Magic and the Healing." Though for an older age group than "Professor Horace," it's still a great example of cryptozoology in books.

Joy said...

Hi Christina,

I agree, cryptozoology is a fun subject.
Thanks for stopping by.