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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book at a school library conference and bought several copies to give as gifts. The animals have perfect facial expressions and body language to represent what we go through and feel everyday. I bought the book for anniversary presents, but it also suits certain people I know. It is perfect for relationships, for example, it says, "Never go to bed mad- stay up and fight."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
New Zealand artist Jane Seabrook has succeeded in creating one of the most charming and amusing gift books ever! Using captivating watercolor animal portraits to illustrate aphorisms, many of them with new twists, she puts life into perspective on many levels--and does so with panache. A precariously balanced coqui frog says, "I try to take one day at a time...but sometimes several days attack me at once." A baby alligator emerging from its egg states, "I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat roughage!" A hyperactive chipmunk announces, "It's been lovely. But I have to s c r e a m now."

Seabrook's art techniques allow her to pull off a book which in the hands of a lesser, less painstaking artist might be just "cute." Her paintings are rich and meticulously detailed--beautifully drawn with a sable brush of a single hair. Piling up many layers of watercolor, she builds her drawings and achieves depth, yet somehow still manages to convey a sense of spontaneity. The eyes of each animal "character" sparkle with what appears to be secret understanding of the message. Whimsical and full of surprises, this is the perfect gift book, even (or maybe, especially) for curmudgeons. Mary Whipple
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Someone at my office purchased this book on a whim. It has been passed around to everyone in the department and now everyone wants a copy (sometimes more than 1 copy!). One lf the girls is even making a special trip to the touristy boutique where the book was purchased to pick up copies for all of us. The drawings are so life-like and the animal expressions are perfectly suited to the droll sayings. This book is a real "pick-me-up" and is sure to make you smile and even laugh outright!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What exquisite illustrations, what reassuring words. A precious little jewel of a book to be salivated over anywhere - the bathroom, the car, a mountaintop, to remind one that life is precious and to live it to the full. (it tells you how to do it too!)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Buy this book! I saw this in a local boutique shop, thumbed through it, chuckled, and promptly purchased it. Jane Seabrook's artwork is incredible, perfectly tongue-in-cheek to go with the sayings she illustrates. Her website for this series has some great examples and downloads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Incredible book!!! Watercolor animal drawings are exquisitely detailed accompanied by wonderful quotes. I received one as a gift, bought one for a sick friend, returned to my favorite book store and bought them out, requesting they re-order. Makes a marvelous present for any number of occasions, or just to make a friend happy. Each page is special in itself. I have probably looked at my book over 100 times and never tire of doing it.

M. M. Robinson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have ever read and will be giving in bulk as gifts! I refer to it daily- it applies to many different in life and is both amusing and the illustrations are incredible!!! I have order her 2 other books and look forward to more from her in the future!!! This is only the second book I have reviewed on Amazon and am doing so because I enjoy this so much!! A HUGE thank you to my friend who sent it to me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Jane Seabrook's book is actually for adults, but filled with pictures a child would love.
The pithy quotations are not hers, however her illustrations make them all the more memorable.
Each little piece of "logic" is accompanied by animals and other residents of the natural world.
The lion with his self-satisfied smile is accompanied by two sentences on the opposite page, "All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat." Or, the two staring owls perched on a branch telling us, "I don't repeat gossip. So listen carefully." Not exactly children's fare, but funny and offbeat for those of us who are somewhat irreverent.
Seabrook tells the reader that, "A tiny sable brush with a single hair allows me to get the detail I'm after." And believe me, that is a wondrous amount.
If you can part with it, this little book, with its memorable illustrations, would make a wonderful gift for those who share your sense of humor. (Might be wise to buy two)
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Format: Hardcover
Created by New Zealand-based illustrator Jane Seabrook, "Furry Logic" is a collection of quotations and watercolour paintings that manages to be beautiful, useful, and heartwarming all at once. Though it is a small book (probably the length and height of one hand-span) it is full of amusing quotes and gorgeous illustrations of the animal kingdom.

According to the Artist's Notes at the back, the paintings were created by carefully building up colours in darker shades until the details are added in with "a tiny sable brush with a single hair at its tip." Needless to say, the detail is amazing, right down to the feathers, strands of fur, whiskers and the traceries of an iris. As Seabrook tells us, she starts with the eyes for every rendering, proving that "eyes are the windows to the soul," even in animals.

The real charm of the illustrations is that the animals are not "cutesified," either by anthropomorphising them, or relying on fuzzy baby animals. They are accurately rendered portrayals of their species, and yet at the same time there is a humanity and warmth to them that would not be present if they were simply photographs. Seabrook has somehow managed to catch the personality and expression that sometimes emerges in animals that makes them seem as though there are conscious thoughts going on behind their eyes.

Although, this may just have something to do with the quote they're matched with; in which case we have a wide-eyed meekcat with the words: "I am not tense. Just terribly, terribly alert," and a harangued looking possum covered in her babies matched up with: "The moment you have children, you forgive your parents everything." We'd be here all day if I listed all my favourites.

This makes a lovely little gift, or as an addition for your own coffee table. Just yesterday I found a use for it: passing it on to a visitor who had had a bad day at work and who soon had a smile on her face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2005
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
If you are stumped for the perfect gift to bring to your dinner host, to give to your dinner guests, or for any other small gift occasion, Furry Logic is the answer. Everyone loves this book.
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