Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters (The Doctor’s Official Guide)
by Justin Richards
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2015
The Doctor Who series has introduced some of the most creative and terrifying monsters to the world, and Justin Richards collects a good number of them in The Dangerous Book of Monsters. A brief description, basic data (such as origin, speed, size, and “dangerous rating), and survival tips are included with each entry, along with color photographs and sketches throughout. The book is colorful and engaging, and will keep those interested in fighting these monsters busy for hours, studying each species’ weakness just in case they attack. The Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Silents are all here, along with some lesser-celebrated baddies like the Foretold, Adipose, and Spoonheads.
Designed for children seven to eleven years old, The Dangerous Book of Monsters is an entertaining and attractive hardbound book. It ends with some sage advice from the time traveler from Gallifrey: “Do as I say. Always….Trust your instincts….Keep alert….If in doubt, hide….Failing that: run!” A great book for kids…and adults who refuse to grow up.