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Author: David West, et al

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Publisher: Hammond World Atlas,

Material: hard cover

Summary: From Basilisks to Hsai, readers learn about dragons, monsters, characters of Greek myth, and shape shifters. Although the creatures themselves may be fictional, the book includes a lot of factual, historical data about them, including their worldly origins: Native American, Hebrew, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Hindu, Japanese, English, South American, Australian, African, and Russian. This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 5.9

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. I loved how the book sorted the different types of creatures, allowing readers to explore a full set of "species" together.

Pros: Fascinating illustrations and lots of historical data will engage readers in exploring the worlds of fantasy creatures.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have (or know) a teen who loves mythology and magical creatures, this is a must-have for their library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MONSTERS AND WATER BEASTS   THE DRAGON'S TEETH (Greek Beasts and Heroes)   MYSTERIES AND MARVELS OF NATURE (Usborne Internet Linked)

Educational Themes: The book includes a list of original sources, and that would make a nice reading list for teens interested in learning more about these creatures.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, mythology, fables and folklore, dragons

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

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