And A Book

The Inhabitants of Myth

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

And A Book: The Inhabitants of Myth is a fantasy story for children written and illustrated by Michael Molinet. The author of this book suggests you have a piece of cake and a glass of milk when opening up and reading his text which revolves around mythological creatures. He does caution you to be careful with crumbs and errant splashes of milk, however, as you turn each page. Unicorns are apt to get extremely riled up at the sight of a crumbly mess, at least the unicorn gracing the first page of this book does. And the dragon on the second page might lose the ability to breathe fire if that milk gets too splashy.

Michael Molinet takes the reader on a grand tour through fantasy and mythology. Each page introduces a new creature and shows you the reaction and interaction of the young reader in the story with the new visitor. Some are more widely known, such as the dwarves and faeries, while others may be new to a young reader, like the golem and Leviathan. All are magically made real in this remarkable book that offers young readers tantalizing bits of fantasy in the hopes they’ll go out and look for more. To help them, Molinet includes a section titled “A Word on Words,” which goes into greater depth on each of the mythological creatures. He also introduces Tessellations to new readers, which are “repeating pattern(s) of shapes or images.” As one might expect, the tessellations adorning the unicorn’s page contain repeating images of a unicorn. Each page has its own tessellations. Some are obvious; others take a bit of imagination.

I had a grand time reading And A Book: The Inhabitants of Myth which is uniquely suited for reading aloud, even if no one is there in the room with you -- though maybe there’s a faerie or leprechaun lurking about who might be listening, one never knows. Michael Molinet’s illustrations are masterful, brilliantly colored, and present infinitely satisfying contrasts between the realistic image of the young boy reading the book and the pages bringing myth, legend, and fantasy to life. I can’t really think of a better candidate for a bedtime story as each page is filled with mystery and promise. It’s also perfectly suited for a somewhat more advanced young reader. And A Book: The Inhabitants of Myth is most highly recommended.

Liz Konkel

And a Book: The Inhabitants of Myth by Michael Molinet finds a young boy settling in with a glass of milk and a piece of cake to read a cozy book where he'll discover an assortment of mythological creatures. This is no ordinary book as the creatures within it have minds of their own and aren't afraid to speak up, whether it's insisting the boy best not leave crumbs or spill milk or help a leprechaun find his gold. Take a peek inside and you'll quickly be introduced to a variety of creatures with a unicorn sweeping to keep crumbs off her page, a mermaid that just might get away during the rain, and a dragon who doesn't want him to spill any milk or it may put out his fire breath. At the heart of the story, we find a boy and a book that takes him deep into imagination with a book that brings these assortments of creatures to life.

This is truly a unique book. Each page is illustrated with rich and detailed images and is split between half the page depicting a page of the book and the other half depicting an image of the boy reading the book which turned to the same page. Each mythological creature comes with a fun and lyrical rhyme. The boy can affect the characters and interact with them. Each one gives a little saying about the creature and each comes with their own warning to the boy about what to do or not do. The story will delight children of all ages and give them a fun introduction into mythology while letting them interact with the various creatures. Michael Molinet has truly created a unique storybook for children to enjoy with humor and lyrical sayings that put a fun spin on each creature while maintaining the mythology behind them. And a Book: The Inhabitants of Myth is a unique storybook with lyrical writing, beautiful illustrations, and a style children of all ages will enjoy.