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Animalia Hardcover – September 15, 1987
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Now let me say this: I am glad I found this in a store rather than on Amazon. Given the reviews, I probably would have been wary of it, and skipped it. I don't approve of saturating toddlers minds with violence and certainly not black magic! But I'm not at all opposed to gentle fantasy. To me, this stuff is really sweet. It's not cutesy, but even the monsters look friendly and villains rather un-scary. Bombastic and over-the-top? Yes. Scary? No.
The dragons on the "D" page are eating "delicacies" -- dates and donuts, to be exact. There's not a flame in sight, their talons are nowhere near any people or animals, and they are smiling. It's a bright, sunny page with a blue sky (as in Daytime).
The little tiny monochromatic Frankenstein on the F page is also smiling and looking rather silly if you can even detect him in the foliage. On this same page, there is a Christian fish. (And on the A page, there's an angel, and a church or cathedral on the C page; on the H page there's a hymnal, along with a nun on the N page).
The infamous K page has the distinct look of a 1930's pulp fiction crime novel cover, right down to the art deco display typeface. There's even a carful of comical British police waving nightsticks.Read more ›
"Within 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 your to keep the score.
Just by reading this poem (found in the very beginning of the book, the first two stanzas) you can tell what the book contains. "Animalia" is a picture book of A-Z, showing animals from Alligators to Zebras. And not your average alphabet book this is, each picture contains quite a number of things starting from the letter of each alphabet. And you also get quite a tongue twister for every letter. For example, I would never have imagined making a good tongue twister with the letter 'X' but Graeme uses a very unique technique (nice choice of words, huh?) to make an 'X' tongue twister.
And of course, the pictures and the quality in which they are written in is what makes Graeme Base's books so much more fun to read! Visually stunning, "Animalia" is pleasurable to the eye, I especially love the beautiful picture of the 'lazy lions lounging in the local library', reading books such as 'Lassie', 'Let's Learn Latin', 'and more. If you haven't had a chance to read or even peruse a Graeme Base book, I strongly recommend you do! Terrific for both young children and adults, I'm sure the books will satisfy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a favorite book from my childhood. Am excited to share it with the next generation.Published 17 days ago by WFHMof2
Every family with children should have Graeme Base books in its library; they're beautiful, and lead the kids to think through puzzles. LOVE them.Published 29 days ago by Kathryn D. Van Der Linden
This was one of my favorite books as a kid and now that my friends are having children it has become a go-to baby shower gift. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ohnoitsjlo
I love this book. I read it all the time as a child. I'm do excited to have another copy. The pages were severely bent and wrinkled along the top when I got the book but it's going... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leah Batchelor
The illustrations in this book are so cool. My toddler loves it as do my preschool students.Published 2 months ago by xinaroyall
Do you see what I see on page D?
Search and you shall find.
This and Chicka Chicka Boom are my favorite alphabet books for kids. Animalia has fantastic pictures that encourage kids to look for other alphabet words.Published 2 months ago by Rock Band Fan