From Basilisks to Hsai, readers learn about dragons, monsters, characters of Greek myth, and shape shifters. Although the creatures themselves may be fictional, the book includes a lot of factual, historical data about them, including their worldly origins: Native American, Hebrew, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Hindu, Japanese, English, South American, Australian, African, and Russian.
Fascinating illustrations and lots of historical data will engage readers in exploring the worlds of fantasy creatures.
The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. I loved how the book sorted the different types of creatures, allowing readers to explore a full set of "species" together.
This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences.
The book includes a list of original sources, and that would make a nice reading list for teens interested in learning more about these creatures.
11 and Up
9 to 13
Borrow, at least. If you have (or know) a teen who loves mythology and magical creatures, this is a must-have for their library.