Whether they were real or myth, Creature Files: Dragons shows you the folklore of twenty dragons from around the world and what the people believed about them. Do you believe dragons are nothing more than the scaly stuff of myths? Or do you think they really existed? Whatever side you're on, this collection of twenty fascinating creatures is sure to spark your imagination. In Creature Files: Dragons, you’ll take a tour through the world of fire-breathing, gold-hoarding, three-headed monsters and discover where and how these magical creatures came to be. Learn the unique folklore of cultures around the globe, from China to Russia to Eastern Africa, and see how people envisioned these otherworldly beasts through lush and evocative illustrations. Included are many meaty facts to gnaw on—like which dragon had too many teeth to count, and which dragon had teeth as big as an adult’s arm—along with a realistic dragon-tooth necklace! And science lovers will also find something to sink their teeth into: facts about real-life dragons that exist today. These dragons may not breathe fire, but they share some of the same traits as their mythical brethren.
About the Author
L. J. Tracosas writes books for curious kids and edits anything she can get her hands on. She’s published 10 books for young readers, including the best-selling Creature Files series, as well as licensed titles with Mattel, WWE, and others. L.J. lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
***This book was reviewed for Quarto Publishing via Netgalley This lovely book by LJ Tracosas looks at a select handful of dragon myths from the world over. Dragon mythology was the subject of my anthropology thesis, and still a huge love of mine. Myths of dragon-like creatures can be found wherever man himself can be found. Twenty different dragons are covered in this little book, each accompanied by beautiful artwork. A few pages at the beginning cover an introduction, draconic characteristics, and real life animals that may have helped inspire tales of dragons. Each dragon entry that follows has a brief listing of stats including location, habitat, and if the dragon was capable of flight or breathing fire. There are a few neat facts per entry, and gorgeous artwork, even if the depictions are at times bizarrely fanciful. Some are mythic beasties I wouldn't necessarily consider *dragons* per se- the cockatrice and the chimera. At the end is a section with creatures from the natural world today that pay honour to the dragons of myth with their names. Creatures like the world’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, every bit as dangerous as its namesake, or the delicate leafy seadragon, a wee member of the seahorse family. Overall, this book is a wonderful introduction to dragon lore from around the world. There is much, much more, to be sure! Like the feathered serpents of Meso- and South America, of which the most well known are Quetzalcoatl and Kukulkan. Or the rainbow serpents of Oceania, and the uktena of North America.