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Thursday 14 December 2017

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This stunning new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them features the extraordinary illustrations of Olivia Lomenech Gill. It is a high-quality hard cover book with shiny gold lettering on the front that is beautifully presented and laid out.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the classic book, a guide to all the magical creatures in the wizarding world. It is an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, written by Newt Scamander after years of travel and research into magical beasts across the world.

This special updated edition profiles six new beasts and contains a special forward by Newt Scamander himself.

The book details important information about appearance, habitat and features of most of the well-known magical creatures, as well as several surprising and uncommon ones. This is essential reading for the young witch or wizard and is now also available for Muggles to read as well (‘Editor’s note: for Muggle edition, usual guff: obvious fiction – all good fun – nothing to worry about – hope you enjoy it’)

Lomenech Gill is an acclaimed artist, winner of the English Association Picture Book Award and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her amazing illustrations in this book use a variety of techniques such as prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches.

Her illustrations make beautiful use of colour with muted tones used to effect to make key elements of the creatures and their environment stand out. I love the white Unicorn against a striking blue background and the colourful Runespoor against the subtle charcoal background. The bright blue Occamy and striking red Phoenix both demand attention and the detailed Griffin is just stunning.

Lomenech Gill has created such real and plausible creatures that make the unbelievable seem so real you might almost expect them to be hiding away at the bottom of the garden, or in the mountains just beyond your town…

This is a beautiful gift-worthy edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, perfect for any Harry Potter loving child or adult!

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: JK Rowling
Illustrator: Olivia Lomenech Gill
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $45.00
Publication Date: 7 November 2017
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781408885260
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Fiction