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Help! Looking for illustrated Greek/Roman creatures book for children

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1angelikat
Jan 11, 2010, 3:02pm

Hi, I hope someone can help.
I am looking for a book for my nephew; he is three and has an interest in mythological creatures(what better than Greek & Roman myths!). I thought something illustrated with interesting descriptions that we can read together would be fun. All suggestions welcome, thank you in advance!

2hemingwayok
Jan 11, 2010, 3:11pm

I don't know of any children's books with a mythological theme, but I can suggest the ever famous "Where the Wild Things Are" and the "Stinky Cheese Man". They are both irreverent and kids love them. "The Very Bumpy Bus Ride" is also fun and interactive!

3sqdancer
Jan 11, 2010, 4:12pm

There seems to be a book called Greek Myths for Young Children. I have no idea if it's any good.

More in the mythical/imaginary animals department (rather than Greek/Roman myths):
Cock-a-Doodle-Moo: A Mixed Up Menagerie
A Book of Magical Beasts
Again, I have no idea if they are any good.

4christiguc
Jan 11, 2010, 4:25pm

Or there are the classics (at least classic when I was a child) that I grew up on: D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and D'Aulaires Book of Norse Myths.

5angelikat
Jan 11, 2010, 6:33pm

Hmmm, all good suggestions, but I think I was looking for something more along the lines of a bestiary. I did get him a couple of young reader myth & legend books, but I was looking more for something that had a picture of a centaur with an explanation of what it is next to it. If anyone is interested here is a link to his library:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/angelikats_minion/yourlibrary

Keep the good suggestions coming!

6christiguc
Jan 11, 2010, 8:10pm

>5 angelikat: Like this but in book form? I'll see if I can think of anything. . .

7madphill
Edited: Jan 11, 2010, 8:25pm

I have read and reviewed Greek Myths For Young Children by Marcia Williams. The artwork is watercolor, pen and ink. In doing this along with the unique concept of caricatures and comic strips the illustrations are bright, imaginative, and full of life. The story itself comes very close to telling the myths with very small change. I highly recommend this book.

Madi

8christiguc
Jan 11, 2010, 8:49pm

How about Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen? And this one looks interesting: The Book of Beasts : Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the Twelfth Century by T. H. White. Wonder Beasts: Tales and Lore of the Phoenix, the Griffin, the Unicorn might be age-appropriate. They aren't all exclusively Greek mythology, but they might be interesting to a three-year-old!

9alsvidur
Jan 12, 2010, 1:21am

We just got Mythological Creatures: A Classical Bestiary, but it might be a bit complicated for a three-year-old. It fits your description, though.

10angelikat
Jan 13, 2010, 7:46am

christiguc & alsvidur,

Those are excellent suggestions, I think I will pick up the T. H. White and the Lynn Curlee, these seem to be books that will grow with him even though he might not understand everything right now. You guys are great! Thank you!