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Fantastic, Fabulous Creatures & Beasts, Vols. 1-3


Written by Melanie Dellas

Illustrations by Christopher Bennett, Taylor Tay & Ryan Berry


Fantastic, Fabulous Creatures & Beasts came about because of my love of history. As a child I was fascinated with folk tales from other countries and the history of ancient civilizations. I read everything I could get my hands on, including the many encyclopedias my parents kept in the study. There was a certain thrill in discovering mythology from all over the world and seeing how closely related it all was. As an adult, my love for mythology and history never ceased. In fact, it grew stronger. After having my second child, I decided it was time to put my favorite myths into a book that would not only entertain my children, but teach them about the various cultures and their folklore. I have taken the "real" folk tales and written them in a format that will help children remember them. Because I have not embellished the stories or changed them in any way from their original versions, you will find happy creatures and sad creatures, friendly creatures and not-so-friendly creatures. The tales contained within are from China, Russia, India and many other countries. Through this book series, it is my hope that children will come to respect and appreciate the multicultural world they live in and, of course, remember that our world is still mystical and magical -- as long as our stories remain alive.

"The illustrations that match each creature are really stylized. They remind me of the type of illustrations you would see on an album cover." -- Jessica, I Read to Relax

"Melanie's poems of mythological creatures are written beautifully for modern society. They are whimsical, fun, spooky and something both parents and children get excited about!" -- Marc Emmelmann, Epic Kids Songs


Amazon Reviews:


Danny R. Steglich

5.0 out of 5 stars 

What a great young children's book about fantastic beasts and monsters!!

Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2014

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

This is also another one of Melanie Dellas's great books about fantastic and fabulous beasts for young monster fans!! I still enjoy the awesome colorful drawings of these monsters as well.

Laura Palmer Hammes

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!

Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2013

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Children love fantasy and this book is fantasy at its best! Ms. Dellas hits the spot with real mythical creatures
we've all heard of, but don't know much about. Then, she re-creates their stories in rhyme to delight imaginative
little minds. Perfectly illustrated, too.



5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Fabulous Creatures & Beasts

Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2013

Format: Paperback

FFC&B makes learning the classics-FUN! Bravo to this author for understanding the importance of keeping the classics within the reach of our youth, and in a fun, colorful, and informative way. The illustrations are beautiful and compelling!



5.0 out of 5 stars charming

Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2010

Format: Paperback

This children's book is a charming and creative way of teaching myths to children. The author has a very clever way of telling the stories of each character and the colorful illistrations will keep children of all ages wanting more. Bravo! Can't wait until the next volume.


Richelle Miller

5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your library!!

Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2013

Format: Paperback

I am a third grade school teacher and had this book in my reading library. I teach Roman mythology and the children would fight over who gets to read the book next! Volume 2 was just as popular!! The creatures and illustrations are so real!



5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Fabulous Creatures & Beasts [Paperback]

Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2013

Format: Paperback

This book is AMAZINGLY interesting with great illustrations! Kids absolutely love it and get addicted to reading. Melanie Dellas has an impressive style of writing that keeps you engaged. Keep on reading!


Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!

Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2013

Format: Paperback

Great Children's Book With Fantastic And Fabulous Illustrations. My Son (Age 6) Loved It So Much We Got Volume 2.

Mrs S Perrett

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2014

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

"Love the book, the illustrations are fantastic and match the poems perfectly. I also have the first volume and would recommend these to all lovers of fantasy."

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