Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Secret History of Mermaids

Welcome to the first day of Mermaid week! I hope you enjoy what I have planned and stick around all week for reviews and art!

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Gift edition (September 8, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 076364515X
  • Author: Professor Ari Berk
  • Cover art: I like how it's embossed and the 'jewels' are sunken into the cover.
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: Sent to me from the publisher in exchange for a review.

The Secret history of Mermaids by Professor Ari Berk.
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

From the loremaster who brought us THE SECRET HISTORY OF GIANTS comes an intriguing new chronicle revealing the mysterious ways of merfolk.

Since ancient times, seafarers and coast-dwellers the world over have reported encounters with merpeople. Variously known as Finfolk, Dinny Mara, Nereids, Blue Men, and Merrymaids, merfolk have been the source of both gifts and disasters for humankind. Now a lavishly illustrated resource offers insight into the lives, origins, language, and magic of these elusive peoples. Like a siren’s song, this fascinating tome is sure to enthrall all who fall under its spell. Special features include:
— paper novelties — including sundry flaps, booklets, and gatefolds
— a lavish cover with foil, embossing, and glittery jewels
— an elegant tassel dangling from the spine

(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I really liked this book. It's a very quick read, this book is a middle grade more then a YA book. But it's still good fun. It's full of fold out pages, flaps to open and discover more about the mermaids and other sea creatures.
Berk has a wonderful imagination! Even at 25, I still had a blast with this book reading it, opening the flaps, opening the fold out pages and admiring the art work. The art in this book is so detailed and vivid, there were a few pages I'd love to have in poster size and hang on the wall! 

The information in the book, is concise but Berk covered everything a child could want to know about mermaids. This makes a great gift or a great coffee table book for people of all ages, it's very whimsical and fun. Such a treat!

And here is one of my favorite artists rendition of a Mermaid:

                                                                                   A Mermaid 
  by John William Waterhouse

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