Monday, March 10, 2008

NonFiction Monday: Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book

Dewey: 743.6

Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing BookRalph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello, Charlesbridge, 2007.

An acquaintance of mine has been badgering me to review this book for quite some time. Drawing books are by far the MOST popular books in the school library. They circulate more than Harry Potter, dinosaur books, disaster books, even Shel Silverstein. They are the refuge of non-readers and the choice of creative spirits and budding artists. Examples of artwork are found between the pages of drawing books long after they has been returned.

Masiello offers step-by-step drawing guides of dragons from all cultures. The Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent, Mayan dragons, Chinese dragons, and Western dragons are detailed along with some background information about the creatures.

A page of resources and websites and a pronunciation guide are included. I always wondered how to pronounce Wyvern (WIE-vurn.)

Great fun for fantasy lovers, artisists and small green dragons who revel books about their heritage.

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