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

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

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jan 11, 2010, 3:02 pm

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!

jan 11, 2010, 3:11 pm

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!

jan 11, 2010, 4:12 pm

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.

jan 11, 2010, 4:25 pm

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.

jan 11, 2010, 6:33 pm

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:

Keep the good suggestions coming!

jan 11, 2010, 8:10 pm

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

Redigeret: jan 11, 2010, 8:25 pm

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.


jan 11, 2010, 8:49 pm

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!

jan 12, 2010, 1:21 am

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.

jan 13, 2010, 7:46 am

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!