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Animalia by Graeme Base

Animalia (1986)

by Graeme Base

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Great example of what they call a "twice told story": the text says one thing and the illustrations add another layer. Why did I not have this in my life as a child? I could have spent hours poring over each beautiful page.

Note: If reading on the computer, best read in a 2-page-per-screen format. The images link together. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
This book could be used as a read aloud in a kindergarten class to teach children words associated with each letter of the alphabet. The read aloud would model fluent reading, proper pronunciation, and would help in presenting new, more difficult vocabulary to new readers. This book could also be used as a model text in a second through fifth grade classroom. The students should be able to access this book when working on individual or group writings for aid with adjectives or alliteration. This book would be a good model text because of its many examples and its ability to be reproduced.
  Courtney_Kelley | Feb 19, 2017 |
There are not enough words of praise for this fastastic children's book that will appeal to adults as well. It's a large hard cover book with the most amazing, detailed, intricate illustrations you can imagine, stunningly done. Each has hidden things in it. This is an most unusual alphabet book, so the hidden items each begin with the letter being depicted on that page. The illustrations are silly and beautiful at the same time. Children love silly, so there's plenty of fuel for their imaginations in this book. I can't stop looking at it. The art work is simply gorgeous. The book is way above most children's books. Please expose your children to this quality of art. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
From the armoured armadillos avoiding the angry alligators to the zany zebras zigzagging in zinc zeppelins, the animals in this imaginative alphabet book put on quite a show. Each letter is alliteratively exemplified in both text and image, with any number of other objects and animals, besides the main ones that are actually named, hiding in the artwork. The result is a book that rewards a closer examination, and that will provide young children with hours of amusement as they pore over the illustrations.

First published in 1986, and then reprinted in this 25th Anniversary Edition, Animalia took Australian author/illustrator Graeme Base three years to create, and it is not difficult to see why. The artwork is gorgeously detailed, with so many little objects hidden away in its depths. This anniversary edition includes a poster on the reverse side of the dust-jacket that contains a riddle needing solving, giving young children even more to keep them entertained. Recommended to anyone looking for fun alphabet books, as well as to those searching for picture-books that provide a more interactive experience for young children. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 6, 2017 |
This is a highly engaging book, that takes alliteration to the next level. Each page is beautifully illustrated with lots of images all related to the letter of the page. Every time I look through this book, I find something new. On top of that the author "hid himself" on each page, so there is an extra level of engagement in finding him. This is a great book for introducing the concept of alliteration to children ( )
  Alangenberg | Nov 30, 2016 |
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Withing the pages of this book
You may discover, if you look
Beyond the spell of written words,
A hidden land of beasts and birds.

For many things are 'of a kind',
And those with keenest eyes will find
A thousand things, or maybe more --
It's up to you to keep the score.

A final word before we go;
There's one more thing you ought to know:
In Animalia, you see,
It's possible you might find me.

For Robyn
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An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator
Beautiful Blue Butterflies Basking by a Babbling Brook.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0810918684, Hardcover)

What's this elaborate illustration? "Horrible Hairy Hogs Hurrying Homewards on Heavily Harnessed Horses," of course. Graeme Base's astonishingly creative oeuvre begins with Animalia, the 1993 alphabet book that challenges the standard idea of how long reading a book for small kids ought to take. Animalia, like many of Base's books, is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layers of objects--all matched to each page's corresponding letter. Base leaves us stunned and amazed, painting reflections into the oddest surfaces and driving the urge to page-turn. This wonderful picture book works for 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and adults alike--something few other alphabet books can manage. --Andrew Bartlett

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An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as "Lazy lions lounging in the local library."

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0670815365, 0140541128

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