Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were

by Michael Page and Robert Ingpen. Viking., $ 19.95. It is not immediately clear whether this prettily illustrated affair is intended for adults or juveniles, but it is clear that common sense had no part in its construction. No distinction is made between anonymous myth and the inventions of known authors. Prospero’s island appears in the index, but Shakespeare is not to be found in the bibliography. Charles Lamb is in the bibliography, which perhaps settles the question of the intended audience. The book is in fact for juveniles, and they deserve something better.