Questionable Creatures: A Bestiary
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Questionable Creatures: A Bestiary

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Pauline Baynes, whose original line illustrations for J. R. R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" and C. S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" are known to millions, has revived twenty medical and mischievous beasts, basing her tongue-in-cheek descriptions on various English bestiaries. Her delightful recreations of these fabulous beasts hop, swoop, and gallop th...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006)
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A collection of odd and unusual "facts" about a hotch-potch of beasts, both real and mythical, culled from various medieval bestiaries and plonked on the page with about as much panache as a dinner lady serving mashed potato at an infant school.

Ah, but the illustrations are little jewel-like confections, lovingly crafted by a Michelin-starred pâtissière. I love you, Pauline Baynes!
Recommended for gr. 4-10. This book modernizes the concept of a bestiary, a description of real and mythological creatures. The author/illustrator takes 20 creatures from the lion to the phoenix and gives the reader a fanciful illustration and a single page description of how these creatures were described in older bestiaries along with ideas about whether the mythological creatures were based on actual animals. Short but interesting.
The little bits of folklore gleaned from ancient bestiaries were really interesting - particularly the descriptions of what the scholars of yore thought various animals looked like. Can you imagine a blue or red leopard?

I wasn't that enthralled with the pseudo old fashioned illustrations. One of these days I'll have to track down some reproductions of bestiary illuminations -- they're probably fascinating!
Very cool picture book in the style of bestiaries- books written and illustrated in the Middle Ages by monks depicting animals both real and fantastic. Pauline Baynes illustrations are wonderful of course.
Wish there had been pictures p what was thought to be an exaggerated animal. A glossary with pronunciations would have been nice.
It was like the bible for some real and mythical creatures, not that good.
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Pauline Diana Baynes was an English book illustrator, whose work encompassed more than 100 books, notably those by C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Pauline is probably best known for her illustrations in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. She was also J.R.R. Tolkien's chosen illustrator: her drawings appear in Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, Tree an...more
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