Education-ology

First, I have to state that the “Ology” books are NOT mine, never have been mine, and never will be mine. “Ology” is the property of Candlewick Press. All links pertaining to the “Ology” books herein are not a part of my blog, but belong to the companies and individuals they represent. Thank you. –MM

From time to time I want to recommend some great kids’ reading to my fellow literati parents. In keeping with that, today I will be introducing my beloved readers to the “Ology” series of books by Candlewick Press. You can find the “Ology” site here.

Some of you have probably already heard of these books. After all, they have been out for a while now. I myself was introduced to them about six years ago when my grandmother (RIP Grandma K), gave me “Dragonology” for my birthday. I loved that book, but it never occurred to me that my children might too.  That is, not until about a year ago when my then twelve-year-old daughter started collecting them like bubblegum cards.

The one thing these books all have in common is the fact that they’re highly illustrated, with interactive tabs, pull-outs and textures. But they are each so unique and detailed, in order to truly  describe them I must go over some individual titles. So here are a few of  my daughter’s favorites to introduce to your own little readers:

“Dragonology” by Dr. Ernest Drake, Dugald Steer and Candlewick Press

“Dragonology” is written like a field-guide for would-be dragonologists.  It is chalk-full of information on everything and anything dragon-related, as well as clips and snippets of different types of dragon scales and dragon dust. Inside your child will find a fold out dragon-habitat map of the world, Victorian-esque ads for fireproof hats and dragon whistles, illustrated flaps of the growth cycle of a dragon egg, and a dragon script translator, just to name a few interactive tidbits. If your kid likes dragons, this book is a must-have!

“Egyptology” by Dugald Steer, Nick Harris , Helen Ward, Ian Andrew and Candlewick Press

“Egyptology” reads as the field diary of archeologist-explorer Miss Emily Sands, written in 1926 as she explores Egypt in search of the long lost tomb of Osiris.  Like all of the “Ology” books, “Egyptology” offers a bevy of interactive fun: a playable game of the ancient Egyptian game Senet, a scrap of “mummy cloth”, a detailed mask of Horus, and a multilayered flap-diagram of a mummy from full case to wrappings, to name a few. This is a wonderful, fun source of Egyptian mythology facts for children who love history and myths!

“Mythology” by Lady Hestia Evans, Dugald Steer and Candlewick Press

“Mythology” details a nobleman’s tour of ancient Greece in the early nineteenth century. Being the journal of Hestia Evans, his good friend and fellow explorer, the nobleman also writes his own notes and snippets inside among Hestia’s own words and a bevy of interactive delights, including a pop-up Pandora’s box, a piece of the Golden Fleece, an Olympian god/dess card game, and a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman on the River Styx, among many others. This book would delight any young fan of mythology!

Other titles in the “Ology” series include:

Wizardology” by Dugald Steer

Pirateology” by Dugald Steer

The Wandmaker’s Guidebook” by Ed Masessa

Spyology” by Dugald Steer

Vampireology” by Archer Brookes and Nick Holt

Alienology” by Dugald Steer

Oceanology” by Zoticus de Lesseps and Emily Hawkins

Monsterology” by Dr. Ernest Drake and Dugald A. Steer

Look around. I’m sure you’ll find even more!

I’d say the interest range for these books would be around mid-to-upper-middle grade (ages 8 to 12), through adult. They are all a load of fun, but more than that, they’re also educational. Each book is full of true historic lore about its subject and does not embellish on the original stories. For a staunch literati like me, this is a major plus.

I hope you and your children enjoy these books as much as my daughter and I have. Happy reading!

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2 Responses to “Education-ology”

  1. I have the Dragonology book. It was a Xmas present a few years ago. I have a small thing for dragons. 🙂 I love these books. They are so much fun to read and play with and display.

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