"TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED" is a bit of an enigma for the Trans-fandom. The youth-oriented stories, the drastically unique character design and the fact that Optimus Prime, OPTIMUS PRIME, mind you, is a rookie are just a few of the divisive elements that put a lot of folks on the defensive, as is the way of the exotic animal known as "fan."
Still, Animated is perhaps the most fresh, innovative and loving take on the franchise since BEAST WARS, and the Allspark Almanac is all that wrapped up in a deliciously thick and lavishly adorned book.
It was very clever of the writers to make each character bio not some dry piece of textbook writing, but rather a stylized and often opinionated "interview piece" written by ANOTHER character of the show. Case-in-point, Bulkhead writes Bumblebee's bio, Blackarachnia writes the Dinobots' bios, and Starscream...writes his own bio, in a delightfully snide manner. The book is also chock-a-block with character illustrations, concept sketches and environment paintings, not to mention episode summaries via character perspectives and other fun little goodies that fans won't see coming. Most interesting are the original character designs for the show's first incarnation, TRANSFORMERS: HERO.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book, and I desperately, DESPERATELY want an addendum to cover the stuff from season 3 that didn't make it in. Oh, and I want a season 4.