Welcome to Monster Isle: Oliver Chin
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Immedium (September 1, 2008)
Have you ever been on a family vacation that didn’t go so well? After reading this book, I am sure that it won’t seem that bad after all.
The Summer’s family take a trip on a small boat that ends up running aground a desert island after encountering a “perfect” storm. When the family, their dog, the Skipper and his first mate Tina, split up to find help, the adventure begins. On every part of the island a mythological or cryptozoology creature is discovered – and might I add that they are not very happy. The story to me is about team work and co-exisiting, so when everything falls into place, the Summer’s family (and company) make it safely home. 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!
“This legendary ape-man is covered in hair from head to big toe. Agile, alert, and always elusive, it roams the Outback.”
“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.”