Book Review of Pug Monster Gallery: A Very Unscary Coloring Story Book
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Pug Monster Gallery: A Very Unscary Coloring Story Book
Written by Charles Austin Muir
Illustrated by Kara Picante Muir
Ages 8+ | 74 Pages
Publisher: Biggy Sancho Books | ISBN-13: 9781734934649
What to Expect: Dogs, Supernatural, Mythology, Coloring
Did you think pugs were cute? Well, Igor Allan Pug has some news for you—pugs can be very spooky indeed! From the Hook Pug, who terrorizes late-night drivers with his sharp, uncut claws, looking for kibble, to the dreaded Legraiser, the elusive Loch Ness Pug, and the dinosaur-wrestling King Pug, he has stories about pugs that will make your fur stand on end! “Giant pugs! Flying pugs! Sea-dwelling pugs! And other smoosh-nosed monsters that snarfle and snore in the night!” Okay, so maybe pugs are a bit cute…
Written and drawn with a healthy dose of humor to accompany the canine adoration, Pug Monster Gallery is partially a humorous ghost-story collection, partly a coloring book, and wholly hilarious. The book, divided into three sections, offers pug-based retellings of some famous mythical monsters, a gallery of black-and-white line drawings for coloring, and space for creative readers to develop their own puggy pictures and stories. A glossary at the end of the volume helps readers build their vocabulary as they read and draw, with delicious words like “connoisseur” and “malodorous.”
Overall, Pug Monster Gallery is a fun, funny, and entertaining coloring book sure to delight dog-lovers and horror fans.
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About the Author
With a background in English literature, Saturday morning cartoons, and classic horror comics, Charles Austin Muir was bound to tell weird, spooky stories for readers of all ages. His Splatterpunk Award-nominated collection, This Is a Horror Book, is an Andy Warhol-meets- Michael-Myers free-for all for the “mature” reader, whereas Pug Monster Gallery combines his childhood love of Tales from the Crypt and Schoolhouse Rock with…wait for it—pugs! A former cynophobe (someone who fears dogs), he does not regret adopting three pugs and a pit lab and hearing them go bump in the night.
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About the Illustrator
Kara Picante Muir is an artist, writer, entertainer, and founder of doggy-themed children’s book publisher Biggy Sancho Books. She was a massage therapist for 20 years before learning she had colorectal cancer in 2019. During chemotherapy, she began drawing pet portraits and found that one particular dog breed looked adorable when she transformed them into monsters from books, movies, and folk tales. When not drawing spooky pugs, she can be found blogging about her art, life, and cancer experiences at The Adventures of Kara Picante.
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