If you know a little one who enjoys reading both fantasy and nonfiction, I know the perfect book for them! This marvelous little cryptozoological treasure, Monsters and Legends, is a splendid introductory book to the mythological creatures of past and present, along with historical background about how those legends became popularized. Lo and behold, when you turn the page, you'll find even more material about alternative explanations, such as animals who were not widely known possibly starting legends of many monsters. Including explanations of older references, such as the camelopard (a giraffe) and sea pig (a walrus), kids will also recognize some current favorites like mermaids, werewolves, zombies, and Bigfoot.
The illustrations of Monsters and Legends are a perfect accompaniment to the text. The hand-drawn pictures in soft, yet bold, colors lend a vintage children's book vibe. With the printed cloth cover and large size, Monsters and Legends almost feels like the perfect coffee table book for a children's playroom—if playrooms had coffee tables.