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An Animal ABC Hardcover – 13 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Alice Pattulllo is a London-based illustrator and printmaker. Research is at the heart of her practice and her work frequently explores themes of folk lore, tradition and superstition. She has solo exhibitions and runs workshops and also takes on commissions.
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Even though I'm a 30 year old woman, I did actually learn a few things from this book. Never too old! One aspect I particularly enjoyed was that the Latin names for each animal are given. I don't think I've ever seen that in this kind of book.
As if the book wasn't already fantastic, at the end is a 'Creature Feature' game. It shows close ups of animals faces and you have to guess which it belongs to.
A wonderful book for children and adults alike. I fail to see how anyone out there could not be enchanted by this book.
A beautiful-looking alphabet book, unusual palette of colours (red, yellow, blue in the main) and almost a beginner's naturalist book.
Each letter gets a double page. The letter is given the example of an animal from around the world (okapi, iguana, whale), and the text rhymes frmo page to page. For each animal there is a colour page illustrating it with the English AND Latin names, and under the letter is also a short paragraph with facts about the animal (the sloth dwells in trees, moves slowly enough for algae to grow on its fur which aids in camouflage, they have curved claws to help them hang from trees). Wow - quite a lot there, and even a fact I didn't know!
If that weren't enough, after the alphabet pages is a 'Creature Feature', showing small parts of each animal from the book, readers can guess which is which (you see a trunk, fur markings, distinctive eyes).
Fantastic book, beautifully designed lovely hardback, and chock-a-block full of knowledge. Lovely to read aloud as well, and will hopefully spark interest in the natural world as well as letters and words.
With thanks to Pavilion for the advance copy, sent for review purposes.
As an adult I loved going through the book, there were some animals in there that I had never heard of, I really liked that the author didn't necessarily choose the obvious animals for that letter. The artwork is in printed form, it reminded me of the work of Warhol in that respect with bright colours and almost a screen print effect.
This book would be prefect for a child who loves to discover new animals or is an animal fanatic. There will be lots they could learn from this and share with others, names of unusual animals or perhaps try to remember the Latin name for a few.
I would recommend this book to children and adults. We spent a good hour going through the book, the paper is of high quality and the cover being hardback will protect for many years to come.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
Most children stepping out into the world of reading will have an ABC book or two as they are literally the building blocks of the words that they are starting to learn. As an adult they are not the most interesting books to share – you always know how they are going to end. To make an ABC book special you require one that will engage both the child and the adult; this is a book that does just this.
Pattullo is an artist who uses printing in her designs so she is able to take something as simple as animals and elevate them to wonderful illustrations. The book follows the usual alphabetical format – a letter is represented by an animal. However, rather than just bringing out the usual architypes, Pattullo throws in a few curveballs; Sloths, Okapis, Nautilus(s?). Each animal is represented by a magnificent screen print. A muted palette is used that gives them a faded seaside appeal. The number of layers is very impressive with four or five layers not bleeding into one another.
The use of bold colours means that the images will appeal to a small learning their letters, but it also gives the parent some eye candy. Pattullo even goes a step further by adding a little information on each creature so that older children can become involved and not be bored by the simple ABC. A final little treat is that the end of the book houses a little eye spy competition. A series of snapshots are available and you must look through the book to find the animals they are linked to; this is actually a rather tricky endeavour.
‘‘An Animal ABC’’ is one of those children’s books that are just a pleasure to hold and look at. The version reviewed was a hardback and getting towards A3 size. This could easily be put on a coffee table for adults to look at, never mind the kids. It should be pointed out that the use of obscure animals and facts does mean it could be a little dry for some toddlers – they may just reach for the ‘‘Pepper Pig ABC’’ instead. Hopefully, the majority will enjoy the images here as much as the adults.
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