Study Guide

Here Be Monsters! An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures; The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1 Courage

By Alan Snow

Courage

Who's the bravest of the brave in Here Be Monsters!? Our money's on Arthur, since this kid will face down all sorts of scary stuff, either out of curiosity or because he wants to help make things better. Snatcher, on the other hand, is only brave when he's backed up by his goons, or riding on top of an elephant-sized armored rat.

It makes sense, then, that many of Arthur's buddies are also pretty courageous, while the townsfolk of Ratbridge who at best turn a blind eye to Snatcher's devious ways don't seem to be brave. Needless to say, the townsfolk are pretty lucky they've got Arthur and his friends to help defend them against Snatcher.

Questions About Courage

  1. Why do you think the pirate crew is so brave? What sorts of foes do you think they've faced in the past?
  2. How does Arthur demonstrate his bravery in the book? Think of at least three examples.
  3. Would you characterize Snatcher as more courageous or more fearful? Why?
  4. What is Gristle afraid of? Why do you think that's the case?

Chew on This

Arthur's bravery inspires everyone around him.

Snatcher is the opposite of courageous; once you take away his toys, he runs away.

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