My name is Chiara, and I am a bookworm.
I’d like to all welcome you to my first top 5 Wednesday. I’d like to thank Samantha from thoughts on tomes for the wonderful ideas this month. This week’s topic is Favourite Monsters. Samantha said this could mean real monsters or mythical creatures. For me monsters mean monstrous, so I had to get my head round this first. Mythical creatures on the other hand I love, I can’t get enough. You put a Rick Riordan book in front of me and I’ll devour it. This list was very nearly all Rick Riordan monsters, but I stopped myself, I promise.
So starting at number 5:
Hydra, appearing in Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.
The Lernaean Hydra was born to Typhon and Echidna and first appears in the Percy Jackson series in book 2, Sea of Monsters. A hydra is born with nine heads and as I think we all know when you cut off one hydra head two more grow back. I don’t think this is enough to get this monster onto the list, but what does is that when you chop off a hydra head another Monster Donut store pops up somewhere around America. That I think is brilliant and I believe that we have the sons of Hermes to thank for that.
Gollum from the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein.
As I said before when I think of Monsters, I think of monstrous, and Gollum is definitely not monstrous. He’s a ‘small, slimy creature’, he is vile and mean and self centred and still a monster. He would kill to get what he wants. And yes, he used to be a hobbit, but he is less ‘human’ now and … a monster. He makes it on the list because he is a a monster in a non- traditional way.
Karpoi from Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Karpoi, singular being Karpos, are small cereal nymphs. They are about the size of toddlers with a greenish hue to their skin due to the chlorophyll in their veins. They have dry husky wings and a special hate of Ceres because she cultivate them. They side with Gaia in the war against the gods.
A special mention goes to, of course, Peaches, the Karpoi from the Trials of Apollo.
Yes, I’m sure you’re aware that Peaches aren’t a grain or a cereal but that is all the baby Karpos can say so Meg names him that.
Dementors from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling.
The dementors, who make their first appearance in the Prisoner of Azkaban, are a wonderful monster created by J.K. Rowling. They join my list because they, for me, are a representation of pure fear. They are attracted to the darkness of your soul and the horrors of your past. I also love the fact that to fight the dark monsters you have to use a spell of pure light, a patronus.
When I started making my list it was originally my number one, but they I though of this, which is a bit strange and unusual but it is really my favourite monster.
So, number 1:
The gruffalo from The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
I haven’t met a child who doesn’t instantly love the gruffalo. To adults he isn’t a terrifying monster who’ll make you quake in your boots, but to children he is scary and funny (a difficult combination to get right) and best of all he’s beaten by a mouse. I’ve read this so many times that I know it off by heart. Did you know that gruffalo is a mix of gorilla and buffalo?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 5 Favourite Monsters. Let me know if you agree … or even if you disagree.
So once again, I’m Chiara and I’m a bookworm.