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Gargoyles : monsters in stones
Dussling, Jennifer.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Describes different kinds of gargoyles, how they are created, and how they function as waterspouts.
Reading Level:
"Grades 1-3."

480 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 55242.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 18945 Guided reading level: L.
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NA3683.G37 D87 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Whether they are scary or just plain silly, gargoyles are always fascinating. This book explains their history, how and why they were originally built, and where kids can find gargoyle sculptures today.

Author Notes

Jennifer Dussling lives in Highland Park, NY.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3, younger for reading aloud. Dussling packs a great amount of information into a book that primary-grade students can easily handle, and Church's artwork is as informative as the text. After introducing the stone monsters that sit atop churches and other buildings, the author discusses gargoyles' medieval origins and answers some of the perennial questions that surround their purpose and use: Gargoyles, we learn, were placed on churches to ward off evil but, more practically, were often used as rainwater drains. A final few pages talk about modern-day gargoyles. In his illustrations, Church does an excellent job of showing children both the horror and the individuality of gargoyles, those from the medieval past as well as the ones still produced today. His intricately framed artwork, in colors that sometimes seem to glow, has a three-dimensional feeling, with both churches and gargoyles appearing to have the heft of stone. Particularly well executed, both in word and art, is the discussion of how a gargoyle is carved. A fine treatment of an intriguing topic and a terrific way of introducing new readers to nonfiction. From the All Aboard Reading series. --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Brief, staccato sentences relate the history of gargoyles from the Middle Ages to the present. Unfortunately, the excellent illustrations are poorly served by the choppy, stiff text that reads like a series of flat statements rather than a flowing narrative-"...we do know what gargoyles were used for. They drained off water. Rain could wear away the stone of a church. So gargoyles kept the water away from the church's walls." Full-page color drawings illustrate the use of these decorative statues in medieval churches, the workmen and artisans who designed them, and their practical use as drainpipes. Elaborate borders frame each double-page spread. Adequate, but flawed.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.