Category: Book Buzz
Published: 30 August 2013
Appalachian Bestiary by Gary Carden
Illustrator: Mandy Newham-Cobb
Available from your local bookstore
The folklore of ancient lands abounds with creatures that cannot be. Dragons, chimeras and griffons! Hippogriffs and minotaurs! Orcs and feathered serpents! Wondrous monsters that are the imaginative melding of disparate parts and talents. There are fish with golden eyes that prophesy; men with the bodies of horses that instruct young heroes, and birds that pursue and punish the guilty. Such beings are undoubtedly immortal, for they are still with us, passing from Parnassus to Appalachia; from the forests of Germany to the Ozark Hills...
Gary Carden is an author, storyteller, and folklorist, among other things. He was awarded the North Carolina Arts Council Award for Literature, the Brown Hudson Folklore Award, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Western Carolina University.
Mandy Newham-Cobb is a lefty vegetarian artist and illustrator living right outside of Philly. Mandy is a member of The Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the illustrator of several children's books including: Razzamatazz!, Bullet Joe: A Kansas City Monarch, The Little Brown Hen, The Talking Coins, Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess, and Mr. Roodle's Noodles... She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.