A Miscellany of Magical Beasts by Simon Holland

A Miscellany of Magical Beasts

Written by Simon Holland
Illustrated by David Wyatt, Kev Walker, Gary Blythe

7+ readers   Christmas Books 2016    9+ readers   
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In a nutshell: beasts, magical beasts, in words and pictures | This very handsome book, wonderfully illustrated by some of the top artists of today, is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the magical creatures that appear in so many favourite children’s stories. It features a host of exotic beasts, from giants and centaurs to harpies, werewolves and the basilisk, each one gloriously illustrated in full colour over double pages. Award-winners Helen Ward and Gary Blythe make merpeople and unicorns truly magical, while David Wyatt’s dragon – in a stunning gatefold – is a masterpiece of fiery menace. The text that accompanies each image tells legends and stories about the creatures, and includes quotes from authors such as Dante and Homer. Part information-book, part story collection, it’s a book to treasure. ~ Andrea Reece


A Miscellany of Magical Beasts by Simon Holland

Enter an incredible world of magical beasts, dare to draw near to their captivating powers, and discover the spellbinding stories of 16 favourite mythical creatures from around the world. Venture into this world and you'll discover why griffins collect a gem called agate, how to put out dragon fire, how mischievous elves can cause terrible nightmares, and much, much more.

Each beast is beautifully illustrated with rich, enchanting artworks, accompanied by amazing facts. Five feature spreads take a different approach to each particular beast - including a gleaming guide to the world's dragons and an enchanting introduction to elf spells and tricks. Imaginative flourishes such as cutaways showing constellations (see where Pegasus's story ends), and a die-cut linking the lustrous feathers of the phoenix with those of the terrifying harpies, make this a truly inspiring exploration of some wonderfully strange creatures.

List of beasts included: phoenix, harpy, griffin, Pegasus, dragons, elves, unicorn, centaur, mermaids and mermen, werewolf, troll, sphinx, basilisk, Cerberus, giant, chimera.

About the Author

Simon Holland has been writing and editing non-fiction books of all colours, shapes, subjects and sizes, for children and adults, for more than seventeen years. His background is in medieval literature and history, but he has become passionate about the communication of science, nature and technology-related subjects. As a writer, Simon has a penchant for anything fantastic, philosophical, puzzling, paranormal and peculiar. David Wyatt grew up in West Sussex, reading a lot, drawing a lot and messing about in rivers a lot. Nothing much has changed, except he does them on Dartmoor now. He has illustrated books by Tolkein, Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Geraldine McCaughrean and many more. Kev Walker is a comics artist and illustrator based in Leeds. He is known for his work on 2000 AD, Warhammer and Marvel comics.

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48 pages


Simon Holland
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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

20th October 2016




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