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Fairies and Magical Creatures

by Matthew Reinhart & Robert Sabuda & illustrated by the authors

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: July 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3172-7
Publisher: Candlewick

The first in a companion series to the duo’s immensely popular Encyclopedia Prehistorica has a familiar feel to it: Roughly thematic page openings feature one spectacular pop-up surrounded by smaller folios with miniature pop-up surprises. Fairies, hobgoblins, brownies and their ilk receive brief glosses, with a heavy emphasis on British folklore. There’s a feeling of info-splatter to this volume, which may leave readers feeling that the creators are beginning to mail in their work. A paragraph on Richard Kirk, a 17th-century folklorist, lifts to reveal another on pixies, and a sentence on the Senegalese yumbos. With a palette and aesthetic that seems straight from Disney, this will find an audience, but whether that audience is well-served is debatable. (Pop-up/folklore. 6-10)