TITLE : Mythopedia: An Encyclopedia of Mythical Beasts and Their Magical Tales
AUTHOR : Good Wives and Warriors
GENRE : Non-Fiction, Mythology, Fantasy, Middle-Grade
FR REVIEW : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
DATE OF PUBLISHING : September 15th 2020
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Laurence King Publishing Ltd for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Mythopedia is a brilliantly illustrated encyclopedia of mythical beasts and fantastical creatures from around the world. The beautiful cover pulled me in from the moment I laid my eyes on it. The book is well researched and filled with enlightening information regarding various beasts and creatures often heard in lores. It was an absolute delight to read this book and a visual feast as well. I was awed by the vivid details added to the beautiful art in this book. The bright colors, the imagery this book presents is breathtaking!!
I had a lot of fun reading this book. The lores, myths, and mythical creatures from around the world are brought to us in its simplistic form and is very much informative and engaging. The history of the different cultural myths and the stories passed down from different generations are also very well explained. Some of the magical beasts are familiar to me from different fantasy books, while a lot of them were new. I am so happy that I finally got this book and this helped me understand the origins of these myths, folklores, and the beasts. This was so much fun!!
While this book is geared for Middle Grade I do believe this will be equally liked by age groups higher than that as well. This is for everyone who loves mythology, mythical and fantastical beasts that inhabit different countries based on their culture. You will be able to learn more about the origins of some of the well known fantastical creatures along with amazing illustrations. It is also a short read and quick to get through. I gave this book 5 stars and enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommend checking this out.
From the West African fable of Anansi the Spider, to Michabo, the magical hare who rebuilt the world and Tanuki, the sweet but troublesome raccoon-dog of Japanese folklore, Mythopedia is an encyclopedia of mythical creatures that covers legends, tales and myths from around the world.
Lovingly created by the illustration duo behind popular flipbook Myth Match, Good Wives and Warriors, this book contains pages upon pages of cultural folklore from around the world.
Let these weird and wonderful creatures spark your child’s imagination for their own storytelling and drawing while teaching them about international cultures.