A basic exploration of the appearance, behaviors, and origins of ghouls, the evil mythological creatures known for their ability to cause pain. Also included is a story from folklore about a ghoul tricking a traveler with a false light.
Part of the Amazing Mysteries series
From gruesome ghouls to elusive Bigfoot, mythical creatures continue to capture the imaginations of human beings around the world. Appealing to fans of the paranormal and unexplained, this series explores the legendary hold such Amazing Mysteries have over us and examines what is known or supposed about the origins, physical features, motivations, and dwellings of fabled creatures. Each volume also includes a folk tale about a legendary encounter with the creature.
How does Bigfoot communicate? Where do elves live? How do fairies party? Interested readers will learn the answers to questions they never thought to ask in this fact-filled series. Each creature has their roots traced back to their mythological origin story. Global belief and appearances are shared alongside historical and modern illustrations. When possible, photographic evidence is shared such as plaster casts of Bigfoot’s feet. The books move beyond the typical Western understanding of these myths and introduce readers to the Aziza, West African fairies that live in anthills, and the si’lwah, an ancient Arabian shapeshifting ghoul. While there is no glossary, vocabulary words can be found at the bottom of each page and contain some words that are sure to expand readers’ vocabulary. VERDICT An entertaining gateway into world culture and mythology. A great pick for reluctant readers.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2022
Readers looking for mysterious and mythical creatures will want to search the pages of the Amazing Mysteries series. These attracive books offer a relatively rounded introduction to a variety of fantastic beings, covering their physical appearance; behaviors and/or abilities; origins in stories, folklore, myths, and art; and how they are perceived or portrayed in pop culture. Each title is well organized with a clean and appealing layout; large, easy-to-read font; and full-page illustrations (a mix of photos, artwork, and historic renderings) on every spread. Fairies introduces these mischievous folk and offers tips on how to spot their homes as well as examples of fairies in other cultures, such as the helpful Aziza in West Africa and frightening banshees in Ireland. Ghouls presents different beliefs surrounding these traditionally evil creatures, from their portrayal as body-snatching demons in Mesopo tamia to their status as trickster shapeshifters in ancient Arabia. "The horse-griffin star of Hippogriffs comes into focus through examples of its mythological origins, appearance in Harry Potter, and comparisons to similar creatures in folklore. Trolls discusses trolls' varying appear ances and behaviors as well as how to defeat them. Each title ends with a short story (though it's unclear from where these are drawn) and recommended books and websites. A solid series for young readers interested in mythology and folklore.
–Selenia Paz, Booklist, 04/15/2022