Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 28th, 2008
Who is this guy?
Hey, what’s the inspiration for that magnifying glass?
It’s that time of year, when our thinking turns to reasonably priced gifts for little ones, Santa’s lists for yuletime, and the realization that “Christmas” quickly translates into contemporary thoughts of cryptozoological presents, no matter what your religion.
All the really good cz lists for kids include books. So over the next few days, let’s review some choices.
While I have not seen the book myself yet to review it, I am aware there is a 2008 children’s book newly published, which might be of interest to readers here who have children.
“Professor Irwin Horace” even has his own website too.
The book is entitled Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist by Kevin Scott Collier.
The author appears rather diverse in his topics, including, for example, the Tokoloshe.
As Collier notes, “In Zulu mythology, Tokoloshe or Hili (from the Xhosa word utyreeci ukujamaal) is a dwarf-like water sprite. They have only one arm and one leg, the face of an old man on a boy’s body. They are considered a mischievous and evil spirit. They can become invisible by swallowing a pebble. The Tokoloshe, according to the Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, has been known to take on many forms.”
The information below is from Amazon.com:
What happens when legends collide and an eccentric old man meets creatures of lore? Will he give them up? Or will he keep their secret? As Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist, ventures into the unknown, he encounters Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Ropen. The myth seeker becomes myth himself. Suggested age readers 5-12.
Do folks who own Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist have any reactions to its contents for kids?
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