The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures

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by John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
     
 

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The newest entry in the popular Element Encyclopedia series spans the globe and the ages to present a feast of magical beasts, both familiar and rare. Populating this ultimate reference is a host of marvelous creatures, many of which have stirred our imagination since childhood; they come from fairytales and myths, and from beloved writers such as the

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The newest entry in the popular Element Encyclopedia series spans the globe and the ages to present a feast of magical beasts, both familiar and rare. Populating this ultimate reference is a host of marvelous creatures, many of which have stirred our imagination since childhood; they come from fairytales and myths, and from beloved writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K Rowling. Each entry delves into folklore and history to reveal such secrets as why dragons guard the weather, how to make mermen laugh, and how a slow lizard cost humans the gift of eternal life. From Chinese dragons to Norwegian sea monsters, banshees to griffins, cherufes to lampaluguas, every fantastic figure gets its due.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402735431
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.88(d)

Meet the Author

John and Caitlin Matthews are two of the most well-respected experts in the area of mythology and folklore. As well as a long list of individual titles, Caitlin and John have also collaborated on The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, Walkers Between the Worlds, and The Winter Solstice. They live in Oxford with their son, Emrys, and three cats.

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Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Storyscribe More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining, informative, and delightful. The friendly tones are easy to read and engaging. Magical creature lovers from middle school and older will enjoy flipping pages or reading cover-to-cover. I highly recommend it.
Kiyleeee More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book for fantasy writers of every ilk because I have been seduced by one creature or another several different times while perusing the book and had to find a way to add the "magical creature" to my cast of characters...or occasionally just as a peripheral oddity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Full of interesting information that you can't find anywhere elce. Sure there's no pictures but it is so full of helpful facts who needs kidy picktures?
Guest More than 1 year ago
IM STILL READING IT NOW BUT FROM WHAT IVE READ SO FAR I HIGHLY RECAMEND IT IT IS A BOOK YOU WILL ENJOY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really interesting. It talks about creatures that people have created throughout history in myths and legends and compares them to how they are viewed today in such books as Harry Potter. It is amazing what people have ¿thought-up¿. It is the best resource for people interested in cryptozoology.
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VoraciousReaderAge11 More than 1 year ago
Although I'm still having trouble sleeping, the descriptions of the beasts in this book seem pretty accurate compared to everything else I've read on the subject. Not too many pictures, but my imagination supplies them, much to my chagrin.
Chochise More than 1 year ago
For people with a broad spectrum of interests.
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