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Bogeyman 101: A Guide to Bogeymen Around the World is a children's collection of fables written by Karen Hokanson Miller. The author is a former teacher who decided to write stories and her audience, comprised of kids, suggested monsters as the best thing to write about. Bogeyman 101 is her second collection of stories about monsters; this time her focus was on the legendary bogeyman, who appears in many different cultures and whose purpose appears to be getting children to behave. Miller finds bogeymen in Scandinavia, the Arctic, Japan and Australia; however, there are also legendary bogeymen in Russia, the Sinai Peninsula and Jamaica as well. Each bogeyman's description is followed by a tale about a child's encounter with one. The legends she presents also discuss ways to protect oneself against that type of bogeyman. Miller concludes each legend with an analysis of how the legend could have arisen, and whether a real living creature was the basis for the legend.
Karen Hokanson Miller's international collection of legendary bogeyman, Bogeyman 101: A Guide to Bogeymen Around the World, offers a marvelous multicultural reading experience that's perfect for children of all ages. After all, we all heard about the bogeyman at some point or other as we were growing up, didn't we? Some of these bogeymen were familiar to me, such as the trolls, Baba Yaga and the Arctic Qallupulliat, but many were not. I especially enjoyed reading about the Japanese Tengu. Miller's presentation of her material is inspired. I loved the stories about the naughty children who did end up meeting the dreaded creatures and was fascinated by the historical bases for many of these legendary creatures. If you grew up spellbound by the tales of the Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Andersen, you'll probably appreciate these fables as much as I did, and you'll have lots of fun sharing them with some wide-eyed young readers as well. Bogeyman 101: A Guide to Bogeymen Around the World is most highly recommended.