“Greece! Rome! Monsters!” by John Harris and Calef Brown (2002)

Attention! Children’s book full of mythical monsters!  

“Greece! Rome! Monsters!”, written by John Harris and illustrated by a Southern California illustrator – Calef Brown, was published in 2002 by The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles). The official age range of the target audience is between 9-12 years old.

“Greece! Rome! Monsters!” book cover [source]

In the book we find twenty different monsters from mythology (described in an alphabetical order), such as Basilisk, Centaur, Cerberus, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus, Sirens, etc. The authors often refer to the famous myths and well known works of literature and art in which the creatures were presented.

See more:

  • Another publication by John Harris, titled “Strong Stuff: Herakles and His Labors”link
  • The official website of Calef Brownwww.calefbrown.com
  • “Greece! Rome! Monsters!” in Barbara Weinlich’s article “The Metanarrative of Picture Books: ‘Reading’ Greek Myth for (and to) Children” (in: The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature: Heroes and Eagles”, ed. by Lisa Maurice) – link
  • “Greece! Rome! Monsters!” in Myth Collections for Children” – a chapter written by Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts for the book A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology” link

Post prepared by Dorota Rejter

Source of the illustrations – link


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