Gr 3–8—Exploring iconic movie monsters, this hi-lo series outlines the origins, films, and ongoing legacy of different characters. Striking, up-close images of horror villains grace the covers, and prominent photographs of each film and its influences are featured throughout. The text, appropriate for a middle school audience, is highly readable; short chapters with a single paragraph per page explore the development and influence of each character and film. However, at a slim 24 pages each, these titles can only skim the surface of the history of these iconic characters, and a lack of captions or charts means readers may need to go elsewhere for additional information. VERDICT While light on content, these books will attract middle schoolers interested in horror and the macabre at a second grade reading level.