A Miscellany of Magical Beasts
48pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
Long before J.K. Rowling introduced us to basilisks, blast-ended skrewts and bow-truckles, literature was alive with fantastic creatures stretching way back into the mythology of ancient civilisations. “Mythology is a place where we can meet all kinds of beings, from human-like spirits to hybrids formed from two or more different animals.”
From giants to griffins, Cerberus to Pegasus this luxuriously illustrated book introduces a menagerie of sixteen fantastic creatures and explains their origins and their powers. With the illustrations being done by a variety of artists and a myriad of techniques used, this is a lavish visual feast that has the reader delving into each creature’s story and learning the background of those things that inhabit so many favourite books and films and may even take them on a journey through the mythologies of storytellers, perhaps even investigate why they populate history in the way they do.
This is a must-have in any school library collection to satisfy the fascination with fantasy and those which inhabit that world that shows no signs of abating.