I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Published by HarperCollins on February 11, 2020
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Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
From the bestselling author of E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Liesl & Po comes a timely and relevant adventure story about monsters of all kinds—and a girl brave enough to save them.
Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them.
But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”?
One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters.
With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).
Here is what I thought
It is time to throw in the towel and admit that this author is just not for me. 🙁 I have disliked to many of her books and this one was no exception.
Cordelia lives with her father who is a veterinarian but he closed up his normal shop to take care of monsters that nobody knows about. Their whole house is overrun with monsters and Cordelia enjoys taking care of them with her father. Cordelia doesn’t have any friends after an incident with a goblin ruined the one friend she did have. So she was excited the one day Gregory came looking for someone to help with his puppy that Cordelia realized was not an ordinary puppy but a zuppy (zombie puppy). She helps him out by telling him he needs to give him a dropper of blood as food.
Then the next day she wakes up and her father is gone and so are all the monsters, well not all of them. There was a filch and a baby dragon that were tucked away so they were missed. Cordelia is so worried as she just knows someone has kidnapped her father and the monsters. She must go and find them but has no clue where to go but with Gregory’s help they set off to follow what little clues they have.
The adventure takes them through few places, getting chased by a scary dog, flying in a balloon that just so happens to be piloted by Elizabeth, Cordelia’s ex-friend and they just so happen to find the one guy who knows about monsters and who they might need to talk too.
I had a hard time getting through this one and probably would have given up or set it aside if it wasn’t for the fact I was buddy reading and kind of curious about the ending. The pacing was just to slow and then not much really happened. There was also a lot of things that just didn’t add up to me and a few of them have to do with the lack luster ending so I can’t mention them, but one was the fact that it seemed very convenient that they get rescued by a balloon that Elizabeth just happened to be in at the time they needed rescuing.
I also was expecting there to be a lot more monsters in it than just the three that go on the adventure with the two kids. What was so magnificent about the monsters on Cedar Street when we don’t even get to read about any of them! The beginning of the book had a whole glossary about all the animals and that was about the extent of the monsters. 🙁 I just expected something cooler and this was boring. It has a pretty cool cover though!
I would say it was just me but my buddy I read this with didn’t care for it much either and it has a pretty high rating so take from this what you will but I won’t be recommending it. I was going to give it a bit higher rating but the more I thought about it the more I realized I just didn’t like it enough.