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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PW called this intricately detailed, oversized alphabet book "a delightful visual feast," praising Base's "meticulous" and "far-reaching" artistry. All ages.
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Loved it as a kid. Now the little one does too. Pictures are beautiful. Very imaganitive. Some long words here and there but what's wrong with teaching them to your child.Published 6 days ago by keisha alexander
This is Not a coloring book and there was some mold spots on the front. The book is great, but I wanted a coloring book.Published 24 days ago by Kathy Brice
This book follows the alphabet and when I got to the letter "S", my mind was blown. There, in one of the images on the right side of the page perimeter, was a SWASTIKA. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rebecca Alfaro
This book is genius. My husband and I rented it from the library to read to our infant daughter. We ended up falling in love with it and had to buy it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by F. Maielua
This book was a recommended reading for a 4 year old reading class as not for the child to read but to kook and listen and find letter sounds in all the pictures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nurse
I Love Love Love Graeme Base. He is so clever and fun. Buy this for your kids.Published 2 months ago by TJ
This is one of my favorite books from child hood. The art is beautiful! I would highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! Beautiful illustrations, and is enjoyable for children and parents to find hidden pictures corresponding with the letter on the pagePublished 3 months ago by Amanda E.