Mythical Creatures

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Children love tales about dragons and monsters—and this large, richly illustrated book will enthrall them with its array of mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes. Here, for example, is a Cyclops, a hideous one-eyed giant from Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Young readers can pull a tab on that picture and expose the contents of the Cyclops's belly: He has eaten Odysseus's sailors for breakfast! From Norse mythology, readers encounter a giant saber-toothed serpent named Jörmungand, a symbol of evil—and just ...

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Overview

Children love tales about dragons and monsters—and this large, richly illustrated book will enthrall them with its array of mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes. Here, for example, is a Cyclops, a hideous one-eyed giant from Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Young readers can pull a tab on that picture and expose the contents of the Cyclops's belly: He has eaten Odysseus's sailors for breakfast! From Norse mythology, readers encounter a giant saber-toothed serpent named Jörmungand, a symbol of evil—and just as frightening is Hydra, from Greek mythology, a serpent with many snarling heads. Memorable myths from England tell of fire-breathing dragons, slain in one tale by St. George, and in another by Beowulf. The book's many other unusual features include—

  • A magnificent dragon poster, suitable for framing and enclosed in the book's inside cover pocket
  • A huge double-page pop-up Phoenix that rises from the ashes
  • A Labyrinth board game based on the Greek myth of the bull-man Minotaur
  • A miniature illustrated booklet with brief stories of dragon slayers . . . and more.

• Page after page dramatically evokes the blood-curdling cries of creatures that boys and girls will never want to meet—except, of course, in this magnificently illustrated book.

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Mythical creatures like the Minotaur, the kraken and the selkies are featured in this sturdy, encyclopedia-style book. There are plenty of unique components: a pull-tab box addresses how to tell if a unicorn is real or not (offering four "tests" to perform on the horn), and an impressive pop-up "Arabian Phoenix" spreads its red wings and opens its beak above a roaring fire. A poster of the beasts is also included. While the existence of these creatures may be in dispute, information tracing their origins (Ovid made reference to a possible werewolf) will give fantasy fans food for thought. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764162046
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Harpur studied Classics and English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a published poet and the author of books for children and adults on history and mythology.

• Stuart Martin was named one of the Reader's Digest young illustrators of the year during his Cambridge student years, but held a variety of design jobs before finally becoming a children's book illustrator. He painted teddy bears on antique furniture reproductions and created murals for pubs, clubs, hotels, and children's play areas, but has concentrated on juvenile books for the past 12 years. He lives in Burton on Trent, England.

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