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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.
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.