My First Pop-Up Mythological Monsters by Owen Davey


My First Pop-Up Mythological Monsters by Owen Davey. Candlewick Press, c2020, 2021. 9781536217643

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   Fifteen mythological creatures from around the world come to life with bold illustrations and sturdy pop-ups.  The text includes a description of the creature along with its area of origin in the world.  For instance, there is the Shachihoko of Japan: “This fearsome spiky sea beast can swallow ocean water in giant gulps and summon the rain.”  Some creatures will be more familiar to readers while others may be less well known.  The origins include Greece, Scandinavia, Japan, Russia, Egypt, the Philippines and North America, as well as some creatures that can be found in various cultures, such as the dragon.  Readers interested in world mythology will enjoy this first look at a variety of creatures.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for readers interested in mythology, especially the monsters of world myths. 

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:    October 18, 2021         

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