Thursday, 18 March 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Field Guide to Fantastic Creatures - Giles Sparrow


Get ready for the most incredible safari imaginable: a journey around the globe and throughout history to discover an array of astonishing creatures that almost defy explanation. This fascinating field guide surveys the globe in search of mysterious animals in remote corners of the world, and reveals the truth behind the creatures of myth and legend that have been passed down from generation to generation. Prepare to meet Biblical beasts such as Behemoth and Leviathan, and Mediterranean monsters like the ferocious Minotaur, and Medusa with her deadly stare. In northern Europe you will encounter the famous western dragon and its close relative the wyvern, as well mischievous fairies, gremlins and pixies and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. Investigate the evidence for sightings of Bigfoot and giant serpents in the Americas; track the mysterious Kongamoto and Ennedi tiger in Africa and do your best to not to disturb the lethal Mongolian death worm or the reclusive Yeti in Asia and beyond. Packed with spectacular computer-generated images, the very latest research and theories about each animal, and distribution maps, tracker tips and advice on how to protect yourself from these fearsome beasts, the pages of this book reveal the world of fabulous creatures and monsters as you have never seen them before.


If you have a young adult who’s fascinated with fantastical creatures and wants to know more this is a great title to present to them. It has cracking illustrations, factoids of interest and will be a book of reference as creatures from myth and legend come to life before their eyes. Covering creatures from Persia to Egypt, from Western Europe to the America’s it’s a title that not only entertains but perhaps might lead to young readers becoming Xenobiologists in the future through the inspiration within. A great gift for that inquisitive young mind.

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