Age Range: 4-12 years.
Synopsis: You might have heard of the unicorn and the griffin, but what about the unifin? This fantastical flipbook collects together magical and mythical creatures from all over the world, then lets you mix and match their fronts and backs to create even more wondrous beasts of your own!
My Rating: 5/5 shiny gold stars
My Review: This is legitimately one of the coolest books I have ever seen. It’s marketed as a children’s book but I might have bought it even if I didn’t have a kid to give it to. Each page has a different mystical creature with a gorgeous full-color illustration and a short description, then the pages are sliced in half so you can mix and match to create your own magical monster.
One of my favorite things about this book (besides those killer illustrations) is the huge variety of mythological creatures. Rather than sticking with the easy ones like the unicorn and pegasus, there are mythic beasts from cultures all over the world. This has made for many fun and interesting conversations. Once we spent at least thirty minutes researching the origin of the Japanese spirit “Baku”! So aside from being gorgeous, “Myth Match” proved to be an excellent gateway for discussing and exploring different cultures with children.
Activities: Make your own mix and match creatures! We busted out the art kit and glitter glue and went to town. Bird heads drawn onto dinosaur bodies, people legs attached to dragons with eight smiling dog heads, trees with feet. We taped and glued and constructed a few and then just spent some time drawing. Cece especially enjoyed coming up with mythical creature names!
“Myth Match” encourages creativity and expression, explores different cultures, and is beautifully put together. The pages are printed on sturdy, high-quality paper to allow plenty of flipping without incurring too much damage on the book itself. I highly recommend this book for all!
Click here to purchase– it would make an excellent gift for those who love all things myth and magic.