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Famous Animals: Volume 1 Paperback – 22 Jul 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Each double page spread features facts about the animal portrayed; facts about the famous person portrayed; and a painting of the combined persona.
As a Beagle owner, I can confirm that Harry Houndini perfectly captures their escapist tendencies!
This quirky book, which defies categorising, will make a perfect present for those difficult-to-buy-for people in your life.
Along with the brief paragraphs describing the animals, and the people the author has chosen to represent them, there are some very clever, and punny, captions. Example: Luciano Pavaratti - "...especially loved for his rendition of 'Pancetta e Formaggio by Vermicelli'. *Giggle*
A great book - and an excellent Christmas present for older children and adults alike.
I understand that there is to be a Book 2 and I shall be keeping my eyes open for that.
A gem of a book!
As well as the humour in the names the book has two strong pillars, the first are the illustrations. These are simply fantastic and there's a real talent on display here. They're bold and accessible as you'd expect from a children's book, but there's also some great detail there and each character is lovingly rendered.
As well as the illustrations each character is accompanied by facts about the historical personage and the animal they have been blended with. All of the persons featured in this book are deserving of their place and I was pleased to see that one of my favourite writers - Edgar Allan Poe, or in this case Edgar Allan Hippo, is featured.
I liked the style of the presentation and the facts are explained in a clear way without being condescending - a trap all too easy to fall into when writing for children. Usually at this stage in a review I talk about the aspects that I didn't like, but in this case my only complaint is that it isn't long enough. It's a charming idea and excellently done!
The author writes for young people and doesn’t talk down to them. It’s all done with wit and imagination. The best thing about it is discovering there’s a Volume II in production. Wonderful!