Animalia Paperback – Oct 1 1996
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What great illustrations! What great prose! The writing is arranged differently on each page, in different colors, styles, and size! What a way to introduce flexibility into a child's reading skills! And the motivation is fantastic! Children love the variety, both in the writing and in the detailed pictures! Kids love the silliness and words similar in sounds, too! And great big words for early readers are most challenging and exciting!
As a retired teacher, I remember reading times when older children (age 9 - 11), would sit for an entire silent reading period,looking for the tiny picture of Graeme Base on each page, all the while enjoying and appreciating the other illustrations, and usually chuckling about them I remember older children willingly reading aloud to younger children in an after-school program. I remember younger children (age5-6) reinforcing beginning sounds of letters in this book, by listening and reading the long words, sounding them out as they read along, getting hints from the many illustrations, and at the same time, sharpening their visual skills, noticing details on each page. All in all, a great book for children! Enjoy!
This is a wonderful book, a rich visual feast that may sometimes be overwhelming to the senses. However, that is what makes picture books so great. Unlike animation where a drawing has to "read" in a split second, a reader can go back to this book and spend hours studying the illustrations. Not only will children learn the letters of the alphabet, but several words that start with that letter of the alphabet displayed throughout the illustration and in silly alliterations describing each scene. Illustrations themselves are packed with visual elements that start with the featured letter. For example, the letter P:
"Proud Peacocks Preening Perfect Plumage" are surrounded by a policeman, prisoner, pirate, parrot, prince and princess, players, pigtails, penguins, pandas, puffin, Pan, etc.
There is also a "Find Waldo" element where the reader can search for the child that was Graeme Base in every illustration and a lovely little poem introducing the whole book.
What else can I say?
"Animalia" is An Astonishing Artwork by An Amazing Artist. ;-)
What makes this book so much fun is that the illustrations on each page are all items that begin with the same letter as each tongue twister. However, it's not always easy to figure this out. For example, on the first page with the letter A you will see a picture of a snake. But snake begins with the letter "s", so how can this be? Well, it's an Anaconda!!
You can keep your kids (or students) busy by having them be a detective and list all the items on a page that begin with that letter. This activity really requires higher level thinking
skills and is perfect for challenging your students.
Also, in every picture the author has drawn himself as a little boy. It's like a little puzzle on each page.
Kudos to Base. A brilliant book that finds the child in all of us--regardless of our age.
worthwhile, the genius and execution involved certainly will.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a beautiful book with exceptional illustrations that fire the imagination!Published 14 months ago by Alexandra
I bought this book for one reason and one reason only. The D page contains The Doctor and a Dalek. Enough said.Published on Nov. 29 2013 by Mrs Brown
Animalia opens with a poem entreating the reader to search for the boy in each illustration, and it is well worth the effort. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Sarah E
This book is great for children and adults..Graeme Base is awesome and his work is fabulous..get the hard cover story book too, a great pair.. Read morePublished on July 13 2002
No one can deny that Graeme Base's beautifully rendered illustrations entice you to find each and every hidden object. It's fun, it's educational...and occasionally fascist! Read morePublished on April 21 2002
From "An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding an Angry Alligator" to "Zany Zebras Zigzagging in Zinc Zeppelins", you and your reading companions will be delighted with these twenty-six... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2002 by audrey frances
Graeme Base is a true talent.These illustrations are good enough to be shown in an art museum and they probably already have been.Published on Jan. 8 2002 by Matt Graham