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Illuminature: Discover 180 animals with your magic three colour lens Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Milan-based design duo CARNOVSKY was started by Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi in 2007. They have gained wide recognition for their RGB project, first displayed in 2010. Their work has been published in magazines around the world, such as Vogue, Wired, Frame, Wallpaper, Elle Décor, and Whitewall. Their wallpaper 'Jungla' won the 2012 Wallpaper Magazine Design Award for Best Wallpaper.
Australian-born Rachel Williams studied creative writing before becoming an editor and publisher of children's books. Atlas of Animal Adventure is one of the many books she has written for children.
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‘‘Illuminature’’ by Rachel Williams and Carnovsky is a book all about exploring a hidden world to the full. The book come in a very satisfying hardback A3 size and is full of double page spreads that represent different habitats. On the same page are animals that come out at day and at night, as well as the fauna that they inhabit. However, to the naked eye it is all a blur. You must use the included lens set that picks up the individual elements; Red for the day, Green for the fauna and Purple for the night.
There is something satisfyingly Victorian about ‘‘Illuminature’’ as the technique feels like it was invented in an era were curio was King; Twitter had yet to be invented to waste those precious moments. In keeping with this both Williams and Carnovsky do a great job of supporting the style of the era. Williams’ write up is educational and gives information on the ecosystem you are about to witness.
This is all very interesting, but could have been written in any encyclopaedia. It is the design duo Carnovsky whose illustrations are the true stars of the show. The images have a very authentic Victorian appeal to them that transports you back to what you imagine those times were like. This was when an Elephant could be seen in the Zoo, if you were lucky, but more likely stuffed in the Natural History Museum or in a book like this.
The very nature of ‘‘Illuminature’’ means that some of the drawings get a little mixed and hard to see. This is especially the case with the night animals as the purple lens is a lot less effective than the other two. This may be in keeping with trying to see the animals as if they were in their natural habitat, but it does strain the eyes. I also felt that the lens itself was a missed opportunity. The book is certainly large enough for more than one person to read, so two lenses would have been better. Also having separate colour sets would have worked better as you are always having to close one eye to be able to see the animals.
‘‘Illuminature’’ is a book that will appeal to different ages. Is it for children? The text is simple to read and the illustrations are awesome, but is it a little too Victorian for them? Perhaps the best audience would be the family as a whole. This would make a great coffee table book for anyone to pick up and have a go with. With this sharing in mind, it is a shame that a few more lenses were not included.
If the coloured cellophane squares were at least the size of half the page it would be much better and I'd happily pay much more for it.
I have to say I have as much fun to read this book that my son...
It will definitely be a Xmas gift for my niece and nephew!!
If you are looking for a perfect book for a children you found it!
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