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Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Grade 2–5—Dragons, centaurs, hobgoblins, and 11 other mythical creatures of worldwide origins feature in Larios's short poems and Paschkis's distinctive folk paintings. Caught for eternity in compromising situations, some creatures, such as the gargoyle, wax melancholy. "How can a beast fly/with stone wings?/I fly when the bells ring/and the hunchback is home." As in Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary (Harcourt, 2006), this bright compendium pairs each poem with a richly drawn and colored scene. An element from the painting is echoed in a decorative letter announcing the poem's title. Though brief, the selections sometimes carry sophisticated cultural references, making this title more relevant to an older audience than the earlier collection. Of the thunderbird, for instance, Larios writes, "Cedar scented,/he carries the wind/in his bent beak./Rainmaker./Whale hunter./Great Tlingit chief." The final page carries a brief paragraph describing the area of origin and the behavior of each creature. It's all a quick and alluring peek at some of the best-known denizens of folklore. Storytellers and classroom teachers will find many uses for these poetic nuggets and the art, both of which will be savored by folklore and fantasy readers of all ages.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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* "Using poems and pictures, this modern bestiary proves a fascinating introduction to mythical creatures from different cultures. . . . Each creature is described in a poem capturing some of its unique features as well as its mystery. . . . End-pages ingeniously unite the curious creatures providing the perfect start and finish to this little masterpiece." (starred review) (Kirkus Reviews 2008-02-15)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Around the world there are many mythical, imaginary magical creatures. These marvelous creatures have made their way into this book, each one accompanied by a complimentary, lilting poem. The creatures include a dragon, a mermaid, a firebird, a centaur, trolls, a cockatrice, hobgoblins, a sea serpent, a thunderbird, a sphinx, a will o' the wisp, a gargoyle, a naga and a phoenix.

HOBGOBLINS

When Glasgow sleeps,
children dream, parents snore,
and invisible creatures do the chores.
With invisible brooms they sweep your room.
They spit and polish and putter and shine.
And while they work, you can hear them mutter-
All mine! All mine!

The paintings and poetry in this book are simply stunning. The art work would do well to grace any wall in print form. In the back of the book there is a brief paragraph on each imaginary creature in this menagerie, a menagerie that spans many countries, cultures and religions.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Would give it 3.5 stars if half stars were available. Instead, I rounded up.

My daughter and I loved the book Yellow Elephant, which was also done by this author and illustrator pair. So, when we returned it to the library, I asked if they had anything else that was similar (free verse, nice illustrations, poems that aren't terribly long) and the librarian found this volume.

It has the same general layout as the first book. A poem on one page and a vibrant illustration on the facing page. This one has 14 poems, which is a nice number for a young child.

However, I found that the language wasn't quite as rich and varied as Yellow Elephant had been. It was still much more interesting than most of the cutesy rhyming verse I encounter in children's poetry... it just didn't resonate in the same way. Unfortunately, I went into this with high expectations--I think if I hadn't, I might have liked it better.
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Difficult to view the text and illustrations on iPad. Beautifully illustrated and fun to look at with the kiddo. Thx!
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