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A family’s vacation goes bananas when a perfect storm tosses their skipper’s tiny boat off course. Now seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island! Finnegan, his sister, parents, and their dog, Howl, venture into the wild and encounter a menagerie of colorful monsters. Can these hardy survivors befriend seven beasts straight from their wildest imaginations? Whimsical and lushly layered illustrations invigorate a zootopia of mythical creatures like the Yowie, Abominable Snowman, and Ogopogo. Adventurous readers will take a trip they’ll never forget, since being lost was never so fantastic!
To my nephew Max, who would really enjoy a vacation like this one. —O.C. To my wife, Silvia, and our children, Corina, Antonia, and Armando. I am only able to create my illustrations because of your support, inspiration, and sacrifice. I love you all so very much. —J.M.
Immedium, Inc. P.O. Box 31846 San Francisco, CA 94131 www.immedium.com Text copyright ©2008 Oliver Chin Illustrations copyright ©2008 Jeff Miracola All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction—in whole or in part—in any form. For information about special discounts for bulk purchases, please contact Immedium Special Sales at firstname.lastname@example.org. First hardcover edition published 2008. Edited by Don Menn Book design by Stefanie Liang Printed in Singapore 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Chin, Oliver Clyde, 1969Welcome to Monster Isle / by Oliver Chin ; illustrated by Jeff Miracola. -1st hardcover ed. p. cm. Summary: Family members whose names evoke the classic television show, "Gilligan's Island," become castaways on an uncharted island, where they encounter a menagerie of wild and colorful monsters. ISBN-13: 978-1-59702-016-9 (hardcover) ISBN-10: 1-59702-016-8 [1. Castaways--Fiction. 2. Islands--Fiction. 3. Monsters--Fiction.] I. Miracola, Jeff, ill. II. Title. PZ7.C44235We 2008 [E]--dc22 2008003262 ISBN: 1-59702-016-8 ISBN 13: 978-1-59702-016-9
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On their vacation, the Summers family took a boat ride. The Captain and his first mate, Tina, welcomed Mom, Dad, Anne Marie, Finnegan, and their dog Howl. “It’s a great day for a tour,” smiled Tina. “We’ll have a trip you won’t forget.”
However, after a few hours, the perfect weather had taken a turn for the worse.
On the horizon, the sky grew dark, the weather blustery, and the waves rough. “Let’s sail home!” shouted the Captain.
But the gathering storm tossed the good ship Lollipop further out to sea. The family held on tightly as the brave crew kept them afloat. But up and down, and round and round, they spun as if in a swirling dream.
Oliver Chin has written The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy’s Train of Thought, The Adventures of WonderBaby, and other books. His family lives in San Francisco, California. Jeff Miracola’s artwork is appreciated worldwide in Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Upper Deck’s World of Warcraft trading cards. He has illustrated for Warner Bros. Batman Beyond, Nickelodeon’s Animorphs, Dungeons & Dragons, and Electronic Arts. His family resides in Wisconsin.
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