A countdown of five of the most intriguing dragons provides thrills as readers learn about the legendary characteristics of these mythical creatures.
Part of the X-Books: Mythical Creatures series
X-Books are for kids who love facts--especially in bite-sized portions and about fascinating, true subjects. As plentiful images and graphical representations stimulate visual perception, readers will be drawn into learning how to use informational texts. Each title is framed by a signature Top 5 countdown feature that not only serves as an example of sequential order but also narrates a brief story within the main topic: in X-Books: Mythical Creatures, these sidebars summarize the physical features and unique aspects of some of the most fascinating mythical creatures in history. Count down the world's most extreme mythical creatures, and launch a lifetime of reading without limits!
Dragons seem to be of unending interest to readers, and this volume in the “X-Books: Mythical Creatures” series (6 titles) capitalizes on that, taking a sweeping look at dragons as they appear in various mythologies across the globe. The focus, upfront, is on East versus West: the text highlights the difference between dragons in European mythologies and Asian mythologies, while calling out various famous dragons throughout legend and literature and touching on basic stats. Some source notes wouldn’t have gone amiss here, especially since there’s some contradiction between mythologies, and the book could have benefited from better organization—the design does little to help structure the content, and the decision to integrate pop culture references into the discussion of cultural lore, instead of using sidebars, can be perplexing. Still, the subject will attract readers, and this certainly has range.
–Maggie Reagan, Booklist , 10/1/2019