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Hal Johnson Creatures from the Lumberwoods

October 24, 201511 min
Beware!! In FEARSOME CREATURES OF THE LUMBERWOODS: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness (Workman; September 2015; $14.95), author Hal Johnson introduces readers (ages 9 to 12) to the scariest and most supernatural beasts in American folklore, brought to life by the wonderfully creepy illustrations of Tom Mead. Hodags and hugags, squonks and wapaloosim, wassets and whintossers—when you venture into the wilderness, there’s no telling what horrors you may meet. So it’s best to come prepared. Through the voice of an unnamed cryptozoolologist with dubious ethics, Johnson leads his readers on a whirlwind adventure through the North American wilderness, from the swamps of Florida to the Mohave Desert to the Michigan woods to the snow drifts of Canada. Each chapter is illustrated in ghastly detail, some with glow-in-the-dark ink, making the book perfect for under-the-covers reading. These are the stories kids love—spooky, fantastical, gripping, gory, and surprisingly cheeky. •The acropelte

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