Smarter Than a Monster: A Survival Guide

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Shadow Mountain
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10.1 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker. For a couple of years, he lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, where he learned Spanish and juggling. He currently lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and dog named Buffy. Brandon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Dragonwatch, Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. Visit Brandon at

Mike Walton has been a professional illustrator for more than twenty years. He earned his B.A. in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He's worked in animation, comic books, web comics, trading cards, and all manner of media throughout his career. Smarter Than a Monster is his debut children's picture book. He currently resides in Southern California and considers himself a nerd who loves visiting Disneyland and attending the San Diego Comic Con.


"Aims to diffuse the anxiety of imagined horrors at bedtime. The way to banish monsters, the text sensibly suggests, is for kids to arm themselves with knowledge about their characteristics, behaviors, and weaknesses. As neon-bright cartoons show children demonstrating the dos and don'ts of dealing with the impish beasts, Mull provides monstrous attributes largely aimed toward ensuring that children practice sterling habits." -- "Publishers Weekly" (9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Colorful, lighthearted picture book. Mull offers proactive strategies to avoid monster run-ins based on monsters' characteristics, such as taking baths ("monsters hate the smell of soap". Droll."-- "Booklist" (9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM)