Gr 4–8 All three books look at the history, associated mythology, and place of these subjects in the modern era. Readers wil enjoy the references to current popular culture such as the werewolves in the "Twilight" series and the half giant, Hagrid, from the "Harry Potter" series. The books are text heavy with a few pictures sprinkled throughout. "Did you know?" sidebars offer more interesting tidbits of information. The material is laid out in short chapters to keep even reluctant readers intersted. Children will get a well-rounded look at the featured subjects and how they have evolved into the creatures that still fascinated many today.