Gr 3–7—These well-written titles cover a lot of ground; the text describes the legendary beings' historical, cultural, literary, and artistic backgrounds. Their origins and appearances in various legends as well as abilities are also discussed. Readers gain broad knowledge of the creatures and learn about cultural comparisons and contrasts. The titles successfully present ideas about how the creatures' legends arose, such as the animals that likely inspired stories about them. The pages feature colorful, captioned artwork from different eras and cultures. Some captions are arranged to resemble wall plaques. World maps identify the origins and cultural influence of the creatures' legends throughout history. A pictorial time line tracks historical, literary, artistic, or cultural origins and significance. The "Media Mention" section discusses where a particular being appears in a book, film, TV show, or game. VERDICT Well done; highly recommended for schools and public collections.