The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street
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).

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street Details

TitleThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street
Author
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062345097
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street Review

  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    At the heart of this book is a reminder that often the worse monsters in the world are the ones who look normal or even beautiful on the outside. This is a good message and I truly enjoyed many parts of the book. Cordelia is a plucky heroine and her new friend, Gregory, is a delightful counterpart in their adventures. At times there is a whimsical quality about the book. At others it was a dismal, depressing mess. The glossary of monsters at the beginning was too long and almost deterred me At the heart of this book is a reminder that often the worse monsters in the world are the ones who look normal or even beautiful on the outside. This is a good message and I truly enjoyed many parts of the book. Cordelia is a plucky heroine and her new friend, Gregory, is a delightful counterpart in their adventures. At times there is a whimsical quality about the book. At others it was a dismal, depressing mess. The glossary of monsters at the beginning was too long and almost deterred me before I even started. Perhaps it would be more effective to sprinkle this information throughout -- preferably with illustrations. The bottom line is this -- I can not help but compare this to Liesel & Po and have it come up short. Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mila
    January 1, 1970
    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.The premise and setting for this book were very interesting and yet the story itself wasn't nearly as exciting as it could've been. I still liked the messages this book discussed, like friendship, feeling isolated and loss of your loved ones, but I wasn't a fan of the execution which was frankly quite boring.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I am an adult that really enjoys middle grade books - they can be so well done, and authors who are good at it tend to have stories that are so inventive and so creative, because they have to keep those with shorter attention spans focused on what they're reading. Such was the case here - a fun, creative story with a lot of heart. A story about family, and friendship, and yes - monsters. How what we often see as "monsters" really aren't, and the true monsters are those who hurt others in the I am an adult that really enjoys middle grade books - they can be so well done, and authors who are good at it tend to have stories that are so inventive and so creative, because they have to keep those with shorter attention spans focused on what they're reading. Such was the case here - a fun, creative story with a lot of heart. A story about family, and friendship, and yes - monsters. How what we often see as "monsters" really aren't, and the true monsters are those who hurt others in the name of superiority. It's a timely tale, and an enjoyable one.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5 starsThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar street is a Middle Grade fantasy book set at the end of the 19th century.I have really enjoyed many of the author's Young Adult books. Fantasy isn't my favorite genre. But I do like this author. So I was excited to get to read this new book.The narrator is 12 year old Cordelia (3rd person POV). The story starts out in Boston. Cordelia's father is a veterinarian who saves and heals monsters. But something happens that forces Cordelia to leave her home. 2.5/5 starsThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar street is a Middle Grade fantasy book set at the end of the 19th century.I have really enjoyed many of the author's Young Adult books. Fantasy isn't my favorite genre. But I do like this author. So I was excited to get to read this new book.The narrator is 12 year old Cordelia (3rd person POV). The story starts out in Boston. Cordelia's father is a veterinarian who saves and heals monsters. But something happens that forces Cordelia to leave her home. The beginning started out a bit slow for me. Although there were parts of the story that I really liked. I thought that the monster part of the book was strong. I especially loved the zombie puppy.From just reading the story it is not very clear in what time period the story is taking place. It wasn't until partway through the book that Cordelia paid a very low price for something. And it made me wonder. At first I wasn't sure if this was a futuristic world. Eventually at the 2/3 point it is made clear that it is the end of the 19th century. But I feel like this should have been mentioned at the start of the book.The story felt like it was just going on and on in the middle. But the end of the book was definitely the strongest part. The last part of the book was extremely action packed. And the book was very exciting.Overall, the monster concept was very strong. Cordelia was an interesting young female character. But I was a bit disappointed with the actual explanation about what happened to her dad and the monsters.Thanks to edelweiss and HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    The moment I saw this book on Edelweiss I had to download it. Still months until it is out in the world, but I had to read it as soon as possible. I am so glad I did so. Because this was just my kind of book. Full of magic and monsters. With great characters and such a good writing. I pretty much adored every part of this story.I'm giving it four stars, as it was almost perfect to me. I had some small issues but nothing big. Found this book to be fast and easy to read. The story was exciting and The moment I saw this book on Edelweiss I had to download it. Still months until it is out in the world, but I had to read it as soon as possible. I am so glad I did so. Because this was just my kind of book. Full of magic and monsters. With great characters and such a good writing. I pretty much adored every part of this story.I'm giving it four stars, as it was almost perfect to me. I had some small issues but nothing big. Found this book to be fast and easy to read. The story was exciting and fun and a little sad too. It was a book filled with interesting monsters that I loved reading about. This book was also an epic adventure with amazing friendships.There was a monster guide included. Which I did like a whole lot. But will admit that having it before the book started was not good for me, haha. I was not able to focus as much as I needed while reading through it. Would have fit better at the end of the book, I think. Still. It was so interesting to read a little about the monsters included in this book. I will not write too much about this story, as it was not all that long, and because right now all I wish to say is how adorable this book and how much I enjoyed it. It tells the story of twelve year old Cordelia. She lives alone with her father and their monsters. She does not go to school. She do not have any friends. Except for all the monsters in her house. Yet she love living with the monsters and keeping them secret and safe.Because this is not a world that would accept knowing about the monsters and letting them live alone. It takes place in the past and the book focus a little on that. About how horrible some people were towards others. It was sad to read about yet so important too. I love that it was included. Cordelia does not have any friends. Not since her best friend suddenly stopped talking to hear a few years ago. But then a boy shows up at her door, looking for her father to help his dog. Except it isn't truly a dog at all, but a zuppy.One of the monsters that Cordelia knows all about. She helps the dog for the boy and they get to know each other a little. But the very same day her father goes missing while she sleeps. And all the monsters are gone too, except for two. Which were the most adorable. A tiny dragon and another creature that was so sweet. Cordelia and her father have lived with monsters in their huge house for years now. He helps them when they are sick and they decide to stay there. All kinds of different monsters. None of them evil.This book tells the story of Cordelia having to search for her missing father and all the missing monsters. She goes looking with her new friend, Gregory, and their three monsters. It's not an easy journey. Though it takes place in only a few days. But these two children go through so much in those days. They meet a whole bunch of horrible people. There is a circus. With the most horrible man. They are close to death so many times. And every moment was all kinds of exciting and interesting to read about. I enjoyed it a lot.There is so much to learn in this book. Getting to know Cordelia was the best thing. She was such an adorable girl and I loved her to pieces. I loved learning about her dead mom and how that happened. I loved reading about her and her dad and how they took care of the hurt monsters. I loved reading about their life. Wish there had been even more about it all, though. I also very much adored Gregory. He is an orphan living in the streets. And his story was all kinds of rude and heartbreaking. And I adored him tons.I very much enjoyed reading about all the different monsters in this book and all that they did. I so loved reading about Cordelia and her adventure to find her missing father. But I also wish this book had been longer. Felt like it ended too soon, haha. But it had everything it needed, despite that. I feel like my review is kind of a mess. But finding the right words for this book have been fully impossible. Simply because I enjoyed it so very much and I do not know how else to say that. I would not have minded a second book.The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street was every bit as magical as I had hoped it would be. It was filled with monsters and amazing characters. The writing was stunning and the story was exciting. I loved reading about Cordelia and her monsters. You all need to read this gorgeous book when it comes out in February next year. I cannot wait to own a print copy of this book too. Huge thank you to the publisher for the auto-approval on Edelweiss, so that I could read and review this one early. I'm so thrilled that I did so.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2019...
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  • Jaime Sanborn
    January 1, 1970
    The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cordelia Clay is the daughter of a veterinarian father and a monsterologist mother. Her father's work was respected and revered by the people in town. Her mother, on the other hand, was treated like a quack and received violent threats from those who disagreed with her studies. Monsterology is the study of monsters. Mrs. Clay believed that animals and monsters came from the same genetic ancestor and that The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cordelia Clay is the daughter of a veterinarian father and a monsterologist mother. Her father's work was respected and revered by the people in town. Her mother, on the other hand, was treated like a quack and received violent threats from those who disagreed with her studies. Monsterology is the study of monsters. Mrs. Clay believed that animals and monsters came from the same genetic ancestor and that monsters deserved to be treated like they belong on the earth. A few years back, Cordelia's mother died while on a mission to complete her research on the genetic link between monsters and animals. The idea of such a link was considered offensive by many people, and the circumstances of Mrs. Clay's death are darkly suspicious. Since losing his wife, Cordelia's father tried to continue her work as best he could by saving and caring for as many monsters as possible. As his veterinary practice shrank, his monster-patient collection grew until Cordelia, and her father began sharing their old, run-down mansion with dozens of monsters. When Cordelia wakes one morning to find that her father and the monsters have gone missing, she has to embark on the greatest, most dangerous adventure of her life. Lauren Oliver tackles big, ugly, grown-up issues like bigotry, xenophobia, and supremacism through the story of a girl and a house full of monsters. A very pertinent read. Ages 10+
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  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. 
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    There are monsters in the world, though few people believe they are actually real. Cordelia and her father help monsters that get hurt, moving them into their house on Cedar Street. The house is bedraggled and unkempt, but the monsters love it, each one finding their own special space inside. The only place that no one is allowed to enter is Cordelia’s mother’s study which has been forbidden since her disappearance nine years ago. Cordelia is used to a house filled with weird noises, so when she There are monsters in the world, though few people believe they are actually real. Cordelia and her father help monsters that get hurt, moving them into their house on Cedar Street. The house is bedraggled and unkempt, but the monsters love it, each one finding their own special space inside. The only place that no one is allowed to enter is Cordelia’s mother’s study which has been forbidden since her disappearance nine years ago. Cordelia is used to a house filled with weird noises, so when she awakens to silence one morning she knows that something has happened. Her father and all of the monsters have disappeared. The only ones left are hiding in the oven: a baby dragon and an old filch. As Cordelia sets off to find them, she is joined by Gregory, a boy who lives on the streets and has a monster of his own, a zombie puppy that Cordelia helped save. They must find the monsters and her father, rescue them and perhaps even expose a sinister organization that is targeting monsters of all kinds. It’s a harrowing journey for a girl, a handful of monsters and a new friend. The book begins with passages from Cordelia’s mother’s book about monsters which explain the monster themselves and then also link them to how they evolved. This clever use of a book mentioned regularly in the story also allows Oliver to keep the story streamlined and not filled with monster exposition when each new one arrives. The story itself is animated and great fun with wild dashes of action, near catastrophes, kindred spirits and harrowing danger. It’s a story that could feel out of control, but Oliver keeps it pointed in the right direction even when the reader isn’t quite sure which way is up. She also asks larger questions about who the monsters really are and how humans become a true evil monster on the inside. The characters are marvelous, each one unique and interesting. Cordelia is brave and creative, nicely solving some of their most dire situations. Gregory is a natural with the monsters and is always willing to lend a hand even if he might get nipped. The monsters are fascinating and varied with just enough similarity to other animals and creatures to be able to be pictured clearly in one’s mind. After all, who wouldn’t want a zombie puppy!Fast paced fantasy with lots of monsters both wild and human. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
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  • Jaime Sanborn
    January 1, 1970
    Cordelia Clay is the daughter of a veterinarian father and a monsterologist mother. Her father's work was respected and revered by the people in town. Her mother, on the other hand, was treated like a quack and received violent threats from those who disagreed with her studies. Monsterology is the study of monsters. Mrs. Clay believed that animals and monsters came from the same genetic ancestor and that monsters deserved to be treated like they belong on the earth. A few years back, Cordelia's Cordelia Clay is the daughter of a veterinarian father and a monsterologist mother. Her father's work was respected and revered by the people in town. Her mother, on the other hand, was treated like a quack and received violent threats from those who disagreed with her studies. Monsterology is the study of monsters. Mrs. Clay believed that animals and monsters came from the same genetic ancestor and that monsters deserved to be treated like they belong on the earth. A few years back, Cordelia's mother died while on a mission to complete her research on the genetic link between monsters and animals. The idea of such a link was considered offensive by many people, and the circumstances of Mrs. Clay's death are darkly suspicious. Since losing his wife, Cordelia's father tried to continue her work as best he could by saving and caring for as many monsters as possible. As his veterinary practice shrank, his monster-patient collection grew until Cordelia, and her father began sharing their old, run-down mansion with dozens of monsters.When Cordelia wakes one morning to find that her father and the monsters have gone missing, she has to embark on the greatest, most dangerous adventure of her life. Lauren Oliver tackles big, ugly, grown-up issues like bigotry, xenophobia, and supremacism through the story of a girl and a house full of monsters. A very pertinent read. Ages 10+
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I liked Oliver's beautifully written message here from page 321:"Who got to say what was beautiful and what wasn't, who was important and who didn't belong, which lives had value and which ones more value? Which lives disappeared like stones down a well, forgotten and ignored, dismissed and vilified because they simply weren't the right shape?"The timely themes of immigration, discrimination, perception, and the value of all life are woven throughout the tale and will certainly strike a cord I liked Oliver's beautifully written message here from page 321:"Who got to say what was beautiful and what wasn't, who was important and who didn't belong, which lives had value and which ones more value? Which lives disappeared like stones down a well, forgotten and ignored, dismissed and vilified because they simply weren't the right shape?"The timely themes of immigration, discrimination, perception, and the value of all life are woven throughout the tale and will certainly strike a cord with readers. There is adventure and danger, monsters of all types and natures and a charming friendship story. As an adult reader, I found it slow going with a lot of exposition that slowed the pace for me. But I think kids will have far more patience with the story and all the monster details than I do as a reviewer with stacks of books to read ;-)The monsters are richly imagined and described and there is even a guide to the various types included. I will give this to our book club kids and will interested to get their reactions.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    In what certainly seems to be a series opener, Oliver introduces readers to Cordelia, the daughter of parents who study and keep monsters. She could be a long lost niece to Newt Scamander the way the book is set up, with monster info prominently placed at the front, before the story gets underway. Cordelia's mother disappeared into the jungles of Brazil a long time ago , so when her father and the monsters in the house vanish, Cordelia and friends go in search to rescue them. There's a lot of In what certainly seems to be a series opener, Oliver introduces readers to Cordelia, the daughter of parents who study and keep monsters. She could be a long lost niece to Newt Scamander the way the book is set up, with monster info prominently placed at the front, before the story gets underway. Cordelia's mother disappeared into the jungles of Brazil a long time ago , so when her father and the monsters in the house vanish, Cordelia and friends go in search to rescue them. There's a lot of action to keep reluctant readers engaged, but also themes about the value of every life and what it really means to be a monster. I think Oliver has a hit on her hands. Review from e-galley.
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  • Jennifer Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Cordelia and her farther, Dr. Cornelius Clay, are hunting a hurt dragon. They live in Boston around the Great Depression. After they find the dragon, Cordelia’s dad goes missing along with all the monsters that were living in their house. Cordelia, along with her friend Gregory, begin searching for clues to her father and the monsters. Along the way Cordelia’s old friend Elizabeth shows up and together the three of them end up in a situation they may not survive.Definitely for middle school, her Cordelia and her farther, Dr. Cornelius Clay, are hunting a hurt dragon. They live in Boston around the Great Depression. After they find the dragon, Cordelia’s dad goes missing along with all the monsters that were living in their house. Cordelia, along with her friend Gregory, begin searching for clues to her father and the monsters. Along the way Cordelia’s old friend Elizabeth shows up and together the three of them end up in a situation they may not survive.Definitely for middle school, her other books are more YA. Really LOVED this one.
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    I love magical fiction books! This one has monsters (both human kind and critter kind) a good solid mystery of missing parents, adventure (their daughter Cordelia, and her old and new found friends, and an small menagerie of magical monsters set off to find them ((and the other missing monsters!))) Grades 5 and up are going to enjoy this story! Well written and entertaining! It would make a fun film; I hope some studio picks up on it and makes it! Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this tale.I I love magical fiction books! This one has monsters (both human kind and critter kind) a good solid mystery of missing parents, adventure (their daughter Cordelia, and her old and new found friends, and an small menagerie of magical monsters set off to find them ((and the other missing monsters!))) Grades 5 and up are going to enjoy this story! Well written and entertaining! It would make a fun film; I hope some studio picks up on it and makes it! Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this tale.I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy of this book.It doesn't come out till February 2020, but I'm super happy I got a chance to read this one! It will be well worth buying for kids who are into magical stories like Harry Potter (although, closer to Fantastic Beasts).Our main character, Cordelia, and her father rehabilitate monsters. One day, Cordelia wakes up and her father and almost all their monsters are gone! She must go on an adventure to find what happened to them.Grades 3-7.
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