Famous beasts and not so famous

Fabulous Beasts - Alison Lurie, Monika Beisner

A child’s bestiary, but a wonderfully illustrated one.

                Each animal gets a picture and a page of description. Each description is about the animal’s general myth or story. The language is engaging and there are sly notes of humor.

                The illustrations are wonderful. I particularly like the one for the Catoblepas. The blue Pegasus is nice too because it connects to the idea of Poseidon.

                A good book for a child interested in magical creatures.