The Book of Beasts is part colouring book, part non-fiction book and completely stunning.
Split into four sections- Earth, Wind, Water and Fire – the book covers a diverse range of mythical monsters. ‘From gryphons and dragons to wicked werewolves and snake-haired Gorgons, there are over 90 creatures to discover.’
Angela Rizza’s illustrations are detailed enough to keep the most proficient of artists busy whilst also allowing larger areas for slightly younger children to colour. What makes this book really stand out is the brilliant balance of colouring and fact-finding. Children can colour the creatures then turn the page to read the legends behind them. It has really caught the imagination of my seven year old.
The Book of Beasts is beautifully designed. I love the large size, the paper quality, and the gold on the cover. It is certainly special enough to make a beautiful gift – and would make a great companion to a certain JK Rowling book that is sought after this Christmas. (Yes, there’s a hippogriff).
Not just for kids – I can’t wait to get the gel pens out and get stuck in to this page: