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Children's LiteratureSo you don't believe in dragons? This collaboration between British Hugo winner John Grant and groundbreaking digital artist Fred Gambino, who worked on the film Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, might have you thinking twice. Grant's text is clever. Tongue-very-firmly-in-cheek he cites the mirror planet Antichthon ("opposite earth") that ancient Greeks believed in as the source and home to all dragons. Next, he does an amusing riff on zoological nomenclature in explanation for the mixed Latin/Greek/whimsy names he gives the creatures referred to within the book. As to his take on the origins of fire breathing and treasure hoarding, well, it all makes perfect sense. The references to earthly mythology and folktale only bestow more certitude to Grant's data. Top it off with a scholarly index and belief is closer. Now add Gambino's realer-than-real "life size" or "to scale" illustrations and the hoax is complete. Youngsters should get a kick out of it, and it would make a fine coffee table book for paleontologists with a sense of humor. 2006, Sterling Publishing, Ages 5 up.