The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

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Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them. But their work must be kept a secret, others aren't welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call 'monsters'? One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared, along with nearly all the monsters. With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062345073
Branch Call Number: J OLIVER
Characteristics: xxxiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Aldridge, Ethan M. - Illustrator


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Feb 08, 2020

At the heart of this book is a reminder that often the worse monsters in the world are the ones who look normal or even beautiful on the outside. This is a good message and I truly enjoyed many parts of the book. Cordelia is a plucky heroine and her new friend, Gregory, is a delightful counterpart in their adventures. At times there is a whimsical quality about the book. At others it was a dismal, depressing mess. The glossary of monsters at the beginning was too long and almost deterred me before I even started. Perhaps it would be more effective to sprinkle this information throughout -- preferably with illustrations. The bottom line is this -- I can not help but compare this to Liesel & Po and have it come up short.

Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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