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Information Graphics: Animal Kingdomby Nicholas Blechman
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The first in a visually stunning series, Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom shows just how interesting and humorous scientific information can be. Complex facts about the animal kingdom are reinterpreted as stylish information graphics that astonish, amuse, and inform, and tabbed chapters make information fast to find. Researched by the Guardians Datablog founder and illustrated by the award-winning designer Nicholas Blechman, this is a book of the highest pedigree.
"Illustrator/designer Blechman's crisp, bold graphics are sure to grab eyeballs in this first book in a series that takes a visual approach to sharing information. Tabs help readers flip between eight chapters devoted to animal species, families, habitats, predators, and more; dogs get their own chapter, which includes a profile view of a canine skeleton, an icon-based guide to dogs' body language, and simplified portraits of a dozen breeds. While Blechman's illustrations are extremely eye-catching, many are just that — illustrations. Diagrams that show animals' comparative speeds, brain sizes, or number of teeth (represented by toothbrushes of increasing length) are clear as can be, but most of the stylish and stylized images still rely on Rogers's text to convey the nitty-gritty details of the animals' abilities, habits, and characteristics. That won't stop animal-loving readers from diving in, though. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Simon Rogers is the founding editor of the Guardians Datablog and has won numerous awards for his work, including a Royal Statistical Societys award of excellence in 2012.
Nicholas Blechman is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer, and art director. His award-winning illustrations have appeared in GQ, Travel + Leisure, Wired, and the New Yorker. He is currently the art director of the New York Times Book Review.
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