The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures

An Introduction to More than 100 Creatures from Legend and Folklore

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Pub Date May 28 2024 | Archive Date Not set
DK | DK Children

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Get to know more than 100 mythical creatures from around the world with this delightful illustrated introduction.

This is the must-have first book on the most fantastical creatures from around the world, filled with beautiful illustrations and storybook text on every page.

The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures features an amazing variety of magical creatures, from fairies and mermaids to dragons and unicorns. Children aged 3-5 can get to know more about their favourite creature from myths, legends and storybooks. 

Inside the pages of this exciting mythical creatures book, you’ll find:

- An introduction to different types of magical creatures brought to life by bright and colorful illustrations.
- Engaging text for young children that can be read aloud – perfect for parents, carers, and children to enjoy at bedtime. 
- Beautiful illustrations combined with introductory reference text and core terms highlighted on each page.
- Information on more than 100 mythical creatures - an essential addition to every 3–5 year old’s library.

This exciting bedtime book helps to develop an early understanding of different fictional creatures for little ones and clearly explains each one. A timeless gift book, this is a must-have for parents, carers, and educators who want to introduce core fairytale and folklore knowledge at a young age in a fun and engaging way.

More in the series

If you enjoyed The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures, why not try our other bedtime books? The Bedtime Book of Animals provides a charming introduction to the animal kingdom and The Bedtime Book of Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life introduces children to fascinating prehistoric lifeforms through a gentle bedtime story.
Get to know more than 100 mythical creatures from around the world with this delightful illustrated introduction.

This is the must-have first book on the most fantastical creatures from around the...

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The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures includes stunning illustrations and descriptions of over 100 magical creatures. As an avid fantasy reader, I loved seeing depictions of magical creatures that I've encountered in stories and learned about many I had never heard of. I love that creatures from cultures across the world are included, and that the index at the end included each creature's origin.

Highly recommend for fantasy readers of all ages!

I received an ARC from DK | DK Children via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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To say that I was excited about being approved for this book would be an understatement. My daughter and I love DK books, especially those featuring mythical creatures. I was able to share this with not only my 8 year old daughter but my 3 year old son as well. The stories are bite-sized and easy to read as bedtime tales. Some of the featured stories were familiar to us (like I said, we have a bunch of DK books about mythical creatures) and some were new. It was a joy to read this collection to my kiddos, and I would certainly recommend it to parents and educators of children ages 3-9. This book, and any subsequent installments of this series will definitely grace our bookshelves in print edition.

Thank you for the eARC, it was a delight!

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The Bedtime Book series by DK is a great alternative to linear bedtime stories. It's great for the little kids who want to know more and read non-fiction non-stop. I own the Dinosaur one and my toddler loves turning the pages to see the different colourful pictures.

Magical Creatures appealed to me right away. The illustrations were enchanting and ethereal. I love that there are ways to connect this book to classic children's fantasy like Harry Potter or the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as well as to tales from across the globe. Reading the short and accessible introductions to the creatures lets the reader see the difference and similarities between them. I'd recommend it to any fantasy loving parent or child.

Thank you, DK Children, for providing me with an advanced reader's copy.

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Thoroughly enjoyed reading Bedtime Book of Magical Creature. Has the ability to introduce young readers to a diverse range of mythical beings from different cultures. This not only broadens their understanding of global folklore but also fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity. As someone who has read many fantasy stories, I was pleasantly surprised to encounter creatures I had never heard of before, making the reading experience exciting and educational for both me and my kids.

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The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures, by Stephen Krensky is an adorable, and very thorough book about all types of mythical beings from different cultures. I like that next to each creature is a beautiful art rendering. I think this book will spark the imaginations of children and parents alike. The book gives parents the opportunity to make up little stories to go with their kids favorite characters. I think this is a beautiful volume that all children will enjoy, and I plan to by a copy.

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“The Bedtime Book of Magical Creatures,” by Stephen Krensky

This book was so adorable! The art was super cute and very colorful. Even being an adult had fun reading through this book. It had information that I didn’t even know like where the Kraken lore came from. It has lore from all over the world like Greek, China, Spain, Aztec, Egypt, Chiles, Japan, Scotland, Russian, Korea, Norway, etc. The stories range from folklore but also some lore from children’s books like the Cheshire cat. It is definitely a book worth buying a hard copy of and I will be reading it with my son. 5 out of 5 stars, so cute.

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This book is so fun and informative. The illustrations and facts make it easy for kids to digest the information and stay entertained. There is so much diversity and culture to learn from this book. We homeschool so we like to read 3-5 pages with a different creature on each page at bedtime and talk about them the next day during lessons. I will be recommending it to a lot of my friends with kiddos.

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Very cute children's book about all kinds of magical and mythical creatures. The illustrations are very cute and keep the kids engaged. The details are enough that the kids are having fun learning and talking about them but not too heavy or lore filled that they aren't interested. Definitely a fun book to add some magic into your routine

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