A dictionary of fabulous creatures with old tales and verses about them is how the subtitle correctly and succinctly classifies this book. The first section consists of short descriptive paragraphs of some sixty-odd (sometimes extremely odd) magical beasts from cultures on every continent and running from Aitvaras (a Lithuanian cock/dragon) to the Yale (a long-horned, elephant-tailed horse). Don Bolognese supplied simple ink sketches, which make these monsters easy to recognize if you should need to, and the fantasy-fact filled text is full of good advice (""It is sometimes possible to break such a spell (the werewolf transformation) by pointing at the werewolf in his human form and shouting, 'You are the wolf!' This is a dangerous thing to do, however, because the enchantment may be transferred to the person who does the shouting."") For further reference there is a very good collection of twelve poems and stories--some traditional and some from well-known authors, and all supported by handsome, brightly colored pictures, stylized to suit the national origin. Good company for the author's previous encyclopedia of Fairy Elves.