By Pauline Baynes
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802852847, 48pp.)
Publication Date: September 2006
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Pauline Baynes, whose original line illustrations for J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and C. S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" are known to millions, has revived twenty medieval and mischievous beasts, basing her tongue-in-cheek descriptions on various English bestiaries. Her delightful recreations of these fabulous beasts -- from phoenix to manticore, from bonnacon to yale -- hop, swoop, and gallop through the pages in antique splendor, and will charm today's readers as readily as they astounded audiences centuries ago.