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Describes different kinds of gargoyles, how they are created, and how they function as waterspouts.
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Jennifer Dussling lives in Highland Park, NY.From Booklist:
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
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