What's this elaborate illustration? "Horrible Hairy Hogs Hurrying Homewards on Heavily Harnessed Horses," of course. Graeme Base's astonishingly creative oeuvre begins with Animalia
, the 1993 alphabet book that challenges the standard idea of how long reading a book for small kids ought to take. Animalia
, like many of Base's books, is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layers of objects--all matched to each page's corresponding letter. Base leaves us stunned and amazed, painting reflections into the oddest surfaces and driving the urge to page-turn. This wonderful picture book works for 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and adults alike--something few other alphabet books can manage. --Andrew Bartlett
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From Publishers Weekly
PW called this intricately detailed, oversized alphabet book "a delightful visual feast," praising Base's "meticulous" and "far-reaching" artistry. All ages.
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