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5.0 out of 5 stars Animalia, great subject, great motivation! Aug. 13 2001
By Sally
Animalia By Graeme Base
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!
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By Mili Fay TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I got this book from the library and I feel I have to write a review.

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. ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book by brilliant Base! Nov. 10 2002
Base's beautiful illustrations and silly alliteration make this book one of my favorite teaching tools. It's perfect for 3rd graders and up. The text will be difficult for younger kids to understand, but they will enjoy the bright colors and the sounds of the tongue twisters.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Amazing Sights in books Oct. 11 2000
By Callie
"Animalia" is an illustrated book that brings you into a magical fantasy land full of animals. It features brilliant pictures of cats, birds, mice, unicorns and all sorts of animals. Each creature acts out interesting activities with gorgeous backgrounds. I am now sixteen, but I remember when the book recently came out, some six or seven years ago and I was amazed by the many sights of this book. Every page has "tongue twisters" for the letters of the alphebet, such as "Crafty Crimson Cats Carefully Catchting Crusty Crayfish" and "Lazy Lions Lounging In The Local Library". The pages also have pictures of many things that start with the letters. The lions look at books titled "Lassie Come Home", "Let's Learn Latin", and "Life In Louxembourg". The cats where charms and sit next to a pond, surrounded by a grand horizan where in the background you see castles and churches. Myself and my brother and sister loved looking for all of the things that started with C. We were also very amazed by the mesmorizing images. These illustrations look very lifelike, in fact, they look very much like the wonderful scenes children see in dreams. Reading this book with your kids is like walking through a great fantasy adventure in an animal world. It also serves as an excellent method to teach the alphebet to children. You will always enjoy reading this book with your kids and your kids will also enjoy reading and looking at the book by themselves.
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By A Customer
Animalia is a stunning example of what fun an imaginative illustrator can have with the simplest of subjects. Base takes the alphabet to a whole new level in this fabulous book of outrageous animal-oriented situations. My personal favourite, the letter H, has the particularly fantastic title: "Horrible Hairy Hogs Hurrying Homewards on Heavily Harnessed Horses." It features just that, but in colours and detail that Michaelangelo must have only dreamt of. To fulfill the alphabetic premise, Base scatters letter-related, yet logically incongruous, images (a pair of hamsters stand innocently in a tuft of grass as the Hogs ride rapidly past) throughout each scene in an amazing, but successful, test of harmony. These miscellaneous images let the readers, ages 2 to 90, gleefully search the exquisite scenes for an amazing variety of alphabetic inhabitants. I recommend this book for anyone -- if, however improbably, the ideas alone don't make it
worthwhile, the genius and execution involved certainly will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great detailed artwork
Published 14 hours ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my daughter
I bought this book for one reason and one reason only. The D page contains The Doctor and a Dalek. Enough said.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars the illustrations and text are both superb
Animalia opens with a poem entreating the reader to search for the boy in each illustration, and it is well worth the effort. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by Sarah E
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Kids
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 more
Published on July 13 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars N IS FOR NAZI, S IS FOR SWASTIKA
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 more
Published on April 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars endlessly entertaining alphabet book by a master illustrator
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 more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids,it's for anybody who loves great art.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for All Children
This book is great! My duaghter loved it and we enjoyed reading it to her. The illustrations are simply fantastic with gorgeous colors, great detail and wonderful wording to... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by Frederick S. Goethel
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and magical
I first came across this magnificent book many years ago and remain enchanted by it to this day. It is an utterly delightful book, and it is definitely not a book written just for... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001 by Lesley West
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustrations!
I bought this book for my niece about eight years ago and fell in love with it. Since then, I have purchased countless copies for all my friends' children and bought one for my... Read more
Published on June 30 2001 by Angela Markwalter
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