Monday, 9 November 2009
An Illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures by Anita Ganeri and David West (Book Review)
If you are looking for a book for a young fantasy lover in the 9 to 12 years of age group, or those still young at heart, this may be just the one to keep them interested for repeat reading. It’s a slim hardcover with 3D photos accompanied by a paragraph or two of concise descriptions of where each of the legends originated. There are the usual creatures of myth and legend combined with their modern counterparts with separate sections: Dragons, Serpents & Worms; Flying Creatures; Chimera; Half-human, half-beast; Water Beasts; Giants; Shape-Shifters; Demons, Ghouls & Ghosts and a Glossary that provides a brief explanation of terms used within the book.
Within the Shape-Shifter section there are the familiar vampires and werewolves, selkies and swan maidens, skinwalkers and wendigos of North American First Nation lore, the Japanese Kitsune: a fox-like creature with many tails, and others.
Even adults will be kept mesmerized, as I was while reading through each of the descriptions.
Book format: hardcover: 48 pages
Authors: Anita Ganeri and David West
Publisher: Hammond World Atlas
Published: September 2009
Available in January 2010 at Amazon.co.uk
A special thank you to Kristel Kempin for sending this book out to me.