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Feathers, Paws, Fins, and Claws: Fairy-Tale Beasts. Edited by Jennifer Schacker and Christine A. Jones. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.

This collection of ten animal fairy tales includes some that are well known, such as “The Story of the Three Bears,” as well as several that are more obscure, such as the Portuguese tale “The Maiden and the Fish.” Full-color illustrations by Lina Kusaite accompany each one. The editors also provide a scholarly introduction in which they place these tales within the context of the European fairy tale tradition.

Harry Potter and the Classical World: Greek and Roman Allusions in J. K. Rowling’s Modern Epic. By Richard A. Spencer. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015.

A professor of classics, Richard A. Spencer is especially interested in Rowling’s use of Greek and Roman mythology in her Harry Potter series. In his study, Spencer focuses on the characters of Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, and Lord Voldemort and their parallels with characters of classical mythology.

J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997–2013. By Philip W. Errington. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Collectors of Rowling’s works will find this descriptive bibliography of particular interest. Philip Errington provides complete bibliographic details of each edition of Rowling’s publications from the beginning of her publishing career in 1997 through the publication of The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Errington also includes detailed information on the publishing history of Rowling’s works.

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. 2nd edition. By Daniel Hahn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Like the 1984 original by Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard, this second edition is a useful one-volume reference work. In addition to updating Carpenter and Prichard’s original entries, Daniel Hahn provides over 900 new entries on recent authors and developments in the world of children’s literature and culture, including manga and fan fiction. [End Page 405]



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