Element Encyclopedia Of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth & Magic, by John Matthews. Ever wonder why dragons guard the weather, or how to make a merman laugh? The newest entry in the popular Element Encyclopedia series spans the globe and the ages to present a feast of magical beasts, both familiar and rare. It's populated by a host of marvelous creatures from fairytales, myths, and beloved writers such as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K Rowling. From Chinese dragons to Norwegian sea monsters, banshees to griffins, cherufes to lampaluguas, every fantastic figure gets its due. 7-1/2” x 9-3/5”; illustrated in full color.