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With a foreword by the award-winning fantasy author Jonathan Stroud, and illustration by some of the world's best illustrators including John Howe, the Fantasy Encyclopedia is a spectacular one-stop guide to the creatures and people of folklore and fantasy. From goblins and fairies to dragons and Dracula, this encyclopedia covers them all with sparkling, readable text and With a foreword by the award-winning fantasy author Jonathan Stroud, and illustration by some of the world's best illustrators including John Howe, the Fantasy Encyclopedia is a spectacular one-stop guide to the creatures and people of folklore and fantasy. From goblins and fairies to dragons and Dracula, this encyclopedia covers them all with sparkling, readable text and stunning illustrations. Discover how the magic of stories throughout the centuries has kept these creatures alive in traditions and cultures around the world. Using a highly visual approach, featuring more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book will introduce readers to each fantasy character within its habitat and genre. Cross-reference boxes direct readers to popular books and movies starring these fantastical creatures. This is a must-have for any fantasy enthusiast!


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With a foreword by the award-winning fantasy author Jonathan Stroud, and illustration by some of the world's best illustrators including John Howe, the Fantasy Encyclopedia is a spectacular one-stop guide to the creatures and people of folklore and fantasy. From goblins and fairies to dragons and Dracula, this encyclopedia covers them all with sparkling, readable text and With a foreword by the award-winning fantasy author Jonathan Stroud, and illustration by some of the world's best illustrators including John Howe, the Fantasy Encyclopedia is a spectacular one-stop guide to the creatures and people of folklore and fantasy. From goblins and fairies to dragons and Dracula, this encyclopedia covers them all with sparkling, readable text and stunning illustrations. Discover how the magic of stories throughout the centuries has kept these creatures alive in traditions and cultures around the world. Using a highly visual approach, featuring more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book will introduce readers to each fantasy character within its habitat and genre. Cross-reference boxes direct readers to popular books and movies starring these fantastical creatures. This is a must-have for any fantasy enthusiast!

30 review for Fantasy Encyclopedia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    This book contains paintings form many artists, including john howe, and that is a plus for me now, this book speaks about creatures like fairies, elves, lake monsters, bigfoot, dragoons, unicorns and pegasus and many other legendatry creatures. seperated in chapters, each creature also has a small paragraph saying in which book and/or movie it made an appearance in.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg Strandberg

    I read most of this book at the library. It's one of those coffee-table-style books, so you don't really have to read all of it to read captions and images and all the rest of it. Great information on various creatures like dragons, harpies, trolls, sprites, elementals and other things. It's also got really good stuff on Greek influences, so you get things like the Furies and Scylla and Carybdis, which I'm sure I just spelled wrong. Anyways, good read, well worth looking at if you're at the librar I read most of this book at the library. It's one of those coffee-table-style books, so you don't really have to read all of it to read captions and images and all the rest of it. Great information on various creatures like dragons, harpies, trolls, sprites, elementals and other things. It's also got really good stuff on Greek influences, so you get things like the Furies and Scylla and Carybdis, which I'm sure I just spelled wrong. Anyways, good read, well worth looking at if you're at the library and your kids are on the computer and you have to wait around.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bregje (B a Reader)

    An enjoyable read despite several very obvious editing errors that the Dutch translation contained (such as a dubble passage, a passage that wasn't translated...).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Howe

    Love this book! I've had it for years and I still reread it for fun and inspiration for my imagination. There are short lists of books that contain the Fantasy subject discussed on each page which is very fun and helpful when looking for something else to read afterwords. I LOVE this book! So glad that I bought it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaya

    I read this book when I was extremely young but I remember adoring it. The illustrations were beautiful and it is very informative and lets you're imagination run wild. I personally love fantasy books like this. Highly recommended for people who love all things dragons & witches etc.. I read this book when I was extremely young but I remember adoring it. The illustrations were beautiful and it is very informative and lets you're imagination run wild. I personally love fantasy books like this. Highly recommended for people who love all things dragons & witches etc..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    There are grammar errors and misspelled words, which makes the validity of the folklore not as valid whilst reading. Considering if you have grammar and spelling errors makes you not want to keep reading this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Goran Ovčariček

    The book is a short compendium of fantasy creatures that mixes ancient with the new. Short and light on text it contains beautiful illustrations throughout and is therefore a worthwhile read/sight.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I love it! It has beautiful illustrations and good information!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved this book!!! It is a very nice book with beautiful pictures and some good, helpful information.

  10. 4 out of 5

    TheLibraryOfSarah

    I really enjoyed this! It presents these stories and creatures from various cultures in a “it’s up to the reader to decide if it’s true!” Kind of way, which was fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    An elementary guide to fantastical creatures.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    I read this right after the Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were and didn't like this one so much. Then I began to appreciate that it's written for kids, and so the layout is larger, the pace slower, the illustrations more kid-ish. And then I got to pondering on how un-child-friendly much of mythology is: incest, unfaithfulness, war, killing.... And I realized that I like this one much better. If I need to brush up on a few details of a certain mythology to better understand a literary referen I read this right after the Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were and didn't like this one so much. Then I began to appreciate that it's written for kids, and so the layout is larger, the pace slower, the illustrations more kid-ish. And then I got to pondering on how un-child-friendly much of mythology is: incest, unfaithfulness, war, killing.... And I realized that I like this one much better. If I need to brush up on a few details of a certain mythology to better understand a literary reference, then Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were is the book to choose. If you want a brief history of mermaids, sirens, dragons (East and West), fairies and the rest, and not worry about what your kids are reading, then this is your book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Christian

    This evening’s book is Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen. To be honest, this book took me a while to get into, despite being a fantasy junkie. The illustrations are gorgeous and on opening to the table of contents, you might think this book is a rare find. However, most of the mythical beast’s descriptions are superficial at best and contain no real information for the reader to digest. The entire book is written like it were some type of announcement for the next participant in a horrible mons This evening’s book is Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen. To be honest, this book took me a while to get into, despite being a fantasy junkie. The illustrations are gorgeous and on opening to the table of contents, you might think this book is a rare find. However, most of the mythical beast’s descriptions are superficial at best and contain no real information for the reader to digest. The entire book is written like it were some type of announcement for the next participant in a horrible monster fashion show. To be fair, I did learn some things. Did you know that the leprechaun is actually a cobbler? Now when my shoes break, I can just dump some Lucky Charms inside and let the little marshmallows work their magic 0_o

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is another book that I picked up for my collection of fantasy reference books for my writing. It's not a bad overview of the monsters and faeries from various mythologies. It also has some historical information and modern references for further reading. The artwork is lovely and there are credits for the art at the end, so that will be helpful, if I'd like to check out more of some of a specific artist's work. As I said, it's an overview and easy to read. The index at the back will also be This is another book that I picked up for my collection of fantasy reference books for my writing. It's not a bad overview of the monsters and faeries from various mythologies. It also has some historical information and modern references for further reading. The artwork is lovely and there are credits for the art at the end, so that will be helpful, if I'd like to check out more of some of a specific artist's work. As I said, it's an overview and easy to read. The index at the back will also be helpful if I'm looking for something specific. It's not a little kid book, but younger readers (middle school age) who are interested in fantasy and folklore might enjoy reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RumBelle

    Let me start by saying the art in this book is luminous, intense and beautiful. So many diverse topics are covered in this encyclopedia including creatures, locales and more. Allen discusses many aspects of each entry in interesting language. A wonderful reference guide, or just a book to sit and skim through if you are a fantasy lover.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    This is one of my favorite books on fantastical creatures. It has some lovely illustrations and tales of creatures from unicorns to goblins to poltergeists. It has folklore from all over the world and even had a few things I didn't know about. It also lists movies and books that feature said creatures, which is great. I reccomend it especially for kids. Its informative and a little spooky, and a great source for all things strange.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brigid

    I love this book so much. It has beautiful illustrations and is very interesting it seriously feels like you're just reading any old text book its so informative. But you're not you're reading a book on sprites and mermaids and nymphs. I own it and every once and a while I will pick it up and spend the afternoon reading it all over again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    A beautiful magical reference book-- I was hooked as soon at Herne the Hunter got his own section. This is the book I would have been obsessed with as a teenage. As it is, I'm reading it cover to cover and enjoying the lush illustrations: chinese dragon carvings, egyption scarob amulets, chubby greek muses, and plenty of creepy monsters and enticing sirens and wizards.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella Slade

    OK, this book is not like the cover at all. I got it because I thought it was like a Narnia type book with faries and elves. Only 1/3rd of the book is this. The rest of the book is demons, vampires and zombies. If you are a Halloween person, this will be good for you. Others, avoid it. This proves: Don't judge THIS book by it's COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    brian tanabe

    While I took offense at the inclusion of chapters on Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster in this decidedly "fantasy" volume, I was (and still am) quite excited at the several David Goode sculptures used to illustrate fantastical creatures. In the end though, this was generally speaking a let-down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natajia

    This is just a short encyclopedia of all things fantasy. This went over a lot off different creatures/myths, but the explanations were only about 2 pages. There weren't really any stories behind them; just what they are or are believed to be. But still a fun little read :D

  22. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    isbn,original

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janie

    It mixed up a few descriptions, and it was not really all that I was expecting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Very beautiful artwork with lots of information and reading recommendations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Denae Christine

    Though it doesn't have every single creature ever, it has most, and a brief description of each. This book helped me on a fantasy creatures quiz once.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Rochow - Poljarevic

    This is so easy to read, and it was fun to read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Though far from comprehensive, this book gives young readers (and older ones like me) a thorough grounding in fantastical creatures, myths, etc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luz

    My sister left this book at home so I was reading through it. It's pretty good for a kid's book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A good volume for young readers, with very nice illustrations, and references to books and movies where the fantasy creatures may be found.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn B.

    i didnt finish it...:(

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