To prepare for Friday the 13th tomorrow, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite monsters in kid lit. Warning–some spoilers follow.
Gmork appears in Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story as a very scary wolf, and the fact that he’s chained only makes him more scary, in my opinion. But his post-death act of snatching Atreyu in his jaws saves the warrior from the all-consuming “Nothing.”
The basilisk from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a giant snake with a murderous stare. Its poisonous fangs almost got the best of our boy hero, an event that foreshadowed the series’ finale. Also, the creature whispered rather creepy things from inside the walls of Hogwarts.
Cuddles, the giant hamster from R. L. Stine’s Monster Blood II, is probably one of the campiest monsters in kid lit. He grows large enough to attack a school after eating some strange, green goo that makes an appearance in several Goosebumps books.
Smaug, from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, is one of the coolest dragons in literature, if only for his death scene. Crusted in gems, he’s invincible–except for a bare patch on his left breast. After he’s killed by Bard’s arrow, his body crashes into Lake-town, destroying it.
What are some of your favorite kid lit monsters?
Parker Peevyhouse not only reads books about monsters, but writes them too.