When I was a student in Glasgow, I worked for a time at the Glasgow School of Art. Ever since I have had a soft spot for the work that comes out of that fine institution from current and past students. Good Wives and Warriors (the formidable illustration duo of Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell) was formed in 2007 after the artists’ graduated from the Painting Department and their latest offering, Myth Match: A Fantastical Flipbook of Extraordinary Beasts (£14.99) certainly lives up to the longstanding legacy of the Glasgow School of Art.
Aiden has been obsessed with the Loch Ness monster for a long time now and recently he has been asking more and more questions about other magical beings. We daily make stories up together about weather elves, and we have a fairy door and two fairies who live with us named Veet and Voot (Aiden named them…) so it is fair to say that we love folklore and myths in this house. As a child myself one of my favourite books was about a Silkie and I was obsessed with going swimming in the Scottish seas to meet one. I think stories like these play such an important part in a child’s imagination and also a cultures heritage so I was so thrilled when Laurence King sent us a book about mythical beings that I could share with the kids.
As you would expect from two graduates of the Glasgow School of Art, the visual aspect of this book is what will strike you first and also what will keep you enthralled for many a hour perusing through. Both the kids, and I, loved looking at how intricate and colourful all the many creatures were. Such detail on things like feathers and scales, that the animals just leapt off the page. Aiden turned each page with a fresh gasps and immediately wanted me to read about each creature and to then look over the drawings in great detail and marry the imagery to the description of their skills or physical traits.
Even as a stand alone book about mythical beings this book would be wonderful because of it’s illustrations, but add to that the fact that it is also a flipbook that allows you to crate around 1,000 different mixed up beasts, this really does become something very special. Aiden enjoyed making funny and also scary new creatures and I am always impressed how flip books actually do work with every possibly variation. This is a great book to spark the imagination and start you spinning tall tales.
Disclosure: We were sent this book for the purpose of a honest and fair review. As always, all opinions are our own and truthful.