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Animalia (1986)

by Graeme Base

Series: Animalia

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This book follows the ABC sequence using fun and descriptive words for each letter.
  alishablaire | Mar 18, 2014 |
Lush, fanciful illustrations of animals represent each letter of the alphabet and alliterate from armoured armadillos to zany zebras. Each page explodes with an amazingly intricate picture and story, and also includes a hidden object element for the young representation of the author hidden throughout the book. The text changes in size and format to match the style of each image, and the texture of the illustrations shifts from the realistically gleaming translucence of the animals, to the more cartoonish penciling for human figures that reveals their lack of prominence in the story. The pages are also filled with other references to the given letters, such as animals and objects, and children will enjoy finding them all. The reading level matches the vocabulary, although some words may require explanation by an adult, but they can generally be infererred from their context. The wild vocabulary fills each vignette with impossible stories that will delight children as it expands their imagination and reading ability. ( )
  Honanb | Mar 1, 2014 |
Phonetically charged storybook. Exotic scenes that challenge keen eyes to find the hidden object. Rich vocabulary that calls for the use of a dictionary for some readers. Poetic at times, rhyming at others, very imaginative overall. This will be a book in my classroom that will spearhead some lessons...no matter the age of the students. ( )
  bschaffer | Feb 16, 2014 |
I consider this book almost like a puzzle. It has so many levels of illustrations. The book offers lot of possibilities, including the "I Spy" concept. Mostly everything you find on each page relates to the letter of the alphabet being addressed. This is a children's alphabet book with a big twist because it's far from being ordinary. It's fun and helps children learn the alphabet while making connections with words associated to each letter.
  mariasegoviano | Feb 11, 2014 |
Can you say 'Peter picked a pack of pickled peppers...how many packs of pickled peppers did Peter pick? A "Big Book" resource that would help struggling middle and senior high students with grammar, word structure and increase their vocabulary. The illustrator - complex and dramatic using a range of adjectives, animals, and moody colors . Mysterious! How many "eyes" did you count? ( )
  mozella1970 | Dec 5, 2013 |
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Epigraph
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.

--Graeme
Dedication
For Robyn
First words
An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator
Quotations
Beautiful Blue Butterflies Basking by a Babbling Brook.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:23 -0400)

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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

Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0670815365, 0140541128

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