The Little Encyclopedia of Mermaids

An A-to-Z Guide to Mystical Sea Creatures

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By Melissa Maxwell

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$24.00 CAD



  1. Hardcover $18.00 $24.00 CAD
  2. ebook $11.99 $15.99 CAD

The Little Encyclopedia of Mermaids is an A-to-Z compendium that spans the globe—from the Isle of Man to the depths of the Sea of Japan—weaving together famous and popular tales of everyone's favorite mythical sea creature.

Naughty and nice, real and fictional, the menagerie of creatures included in this book run the gamut of world mythologies and cultures. This little encyclopedia features more than 90 famous mermaids including:
  • Atargatis—a mermaid from ancient Syria who was a goddess before she fell in love with a mortal
  • Blue Men of the Minch—a group of riddle-loving merfolk who have the power to summon storms and capsize ships
  • Little Mermaid—everyone's favorite mermaid princess, who gives up her voice for a chance at love
  • Ningyo—a gruesome sea creature from Japanese folkore that can bring dangerous storms and other misfortune
Filled with tales of star-crossed mermaids and vengful sea gods and goddesses, this information-packed guide includes gorgeous line drawings throughout.


On Sale
Oct 1, 2024
Page Count
144 pages
Running Press

Melissa Maxwell

About the Author

Melissa Maxwell is the author and editor of many different books. She grew up in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Borogegal, Cammeraygal, and Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York—home to the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

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