Type: Children's picture book
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 36 pages
A family's vacation goes bananas when a perfect storm tosses their skipper's tiny boat off course. Now seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island!
Finnegan, his sister, parents and dog Howl venture into the wild and encounter a menagerie of colorful monsters. Can these hardy survivors befriend seven beasts straight from their wildest imaginations?
Whimsical and lushly layered illustrations invigorate a zootopia of mythical creatures like the Yowie and Ogopogo. Adventurous readers will take a trip they'll never forget, since being lost was never so fantastic!
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"When a storm grounds their boat, the Summers family is stranded on an island with an angry volcano. Splitting up to look for help, the family encounters various frightful creatures. A "splinter" (a tree root) dislodged from the volcano's foot finally restores peace. This bizarre mishmash of a story is as unsubtle as the slick illustrations."
"Welcome to Monster Isle is a children's book I would have loved to read to my own kids. Of course, what with Eddie now being 20 and Kelly being 17, that isn't likely to happen ... The kids will love these monsters, and adults reading this book to those kids will appreciate the homages, the lively plot, and the fun art. Welcome to Monster Isle earns four Tonys. It'd be a terrific gift for any creature-loving kids in your life."
"Filled with exuberantly colorful and cartoony illustrations, Welcome to Monster Isle is a rhyming picturebook about a family's vacation that takes a turn for the wild when a storm sends their skipper's boat off course. Seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island - filled with wild and fierce monsters! From a griffon to a zillard to a volcano with a face, can the refugees survive and even make friends with such fantastic beasts? An enthusiastic, upbeat tale perfect for reading aloud to young monster lovers."
"Here is a book that is geared towards kids, but embraces the adventurer in all of us. If you are as huge a fan of the SciFi Channel's DESTINATION TRUTH as I am, you'll definitely want to check out this book of monsters creatively illustrated by Jeff Miracola. The story by Oliver Chin is pretty simple: a family crashes their boat onto a desert island and run into one monster after the next as they explore its shores. It's a quick read, one that will most likely please those youngsters who are just forming an interest in comics. Perfect bed time story reading material."
"Jeff's work has fascinated me since we first met while working on games like Dungeons & Dragons. His art and imagination were cutting-edge then, and what he brings to the children's book world is cutting-edge now."
- Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles
"If I were a zombie, Jeff Miracola's brain would top my list of things to eat. And this book would be dessert."
- Scott M. Fischer, illustrator of The New York Times bestseller Peter Pan in Scarlet
"The words tell a fun and adventurous tale, yet it is certainly Jeff Miracola's illustrations that bring this story and it's beasts to life. I love that the Yowie (Australian Bigfoot) makes an appearance! This is definitely a book with kid appeal!"
"It's a charming introduction to crytozoology for very young children, with the polysyllabic words they seem to enjoy, and gorgeously illustrated. And it has positive messages aplenty: man and manimal can live in harmony; you create your own fears; and working cooperatively is rewarding. If, as an adult, you have to read the same story every single night till your sanity gives way, this will be more pleasant than 99 per cent of the competition."