This is one of the books that will inspire not only children, but also fantasy writers.
First, the author painted beautiful depictions of the creatures. Second, the informationis simple and complete.
While we believe we know a lot about gnomes or the Kraken, we might still be wondering about their origin and their less-known powers. Lisa Graves throws in a number of facts that will astonish you and will incite any curious mind to read further.
I wasexpecting a longlist of mythicalcreatures, a little like an encyclopedia, but the author chose to classify them under types. Under each type, readers can find the name of similarcreatures. I was surprised to learn that pixies are another version of jinn.
I learned about quite a few other creatures, such as the Leshy, covered in vines and sometimes shape-shifting into a plant form. The book inspired me. It made me want to integrate some of the less explored creatures into my stories. Some of the overdone creatures in novels have more powers than I thought. For example, sirens can predict the future and possess telepathic powers. How well could this work in a paranormalnovel under the sea? Did you know that in the Pacific islands, peoplebelieve that humansdescend from mermaids and mermen? A lot of research awaits you. You favorite creature might surprise you. A beautiful story could emerge from it. Kids might be in awe.
This bookmight prove invaluable to any fantasywriter as well as children wondering about the creatures they find in books and movies.
I haveonly one wish: that this book contained further resources to look into. Lisa mentioned some movieshere and there, but she omitted a bibliography, which might remove some of the credibility to the research.
Overall, I consider this book a greattool for teachers and parents. If you are a storyteller, it will help you refresh some ideas you have of mythicalbeasts and beings. There is room for more discovery and notetaking.
A quick and easy read, laden with fun facts, this book will delightadults and kids alike.