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The Secret Lives of Monsters and Legends is a children's book of short tales suitable for young readers ages six through eight. It is written by Sunny Basra and illustrated by Ben Muircroft. Bigfoot is the story of a young adventurer who is determined to solve the mystery of Bigfoot. While he's a bit nervous about what he might discover in the woods, he understands that it's good to face your fears. What he finds in the forest is a huge surprise. Dracula lives alone in his castle, and Sienna's mother said she should never go near the castle. Sienna sees a figure looking out the castle window one night and can't help but go to see who lives there. George is an exceedingly grumpy knight who protects the people in his town from dragons, but he also has a secret. And a young boy named Matt gets to see if Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, really exists.
Sunny Basra's collection of tales for children is both fun and enlightening. Mixed within the humorous, inventive and witty renditions of these legendary monster tales are lessons such as facing fears, accepting others who are different, and not being judgmental. Basra's tales are fun to read, and while geared towards slightly more advanced readers, are perfect for storytime sessions with younger readers as well. Muircroft's illustrations are brightly colored and filled with detail, and they are a huge part of what makes these stories work as well as they do. The Secret Lives of Monsters and Legends is highly recommended.