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Almost an Animal Alphabetby Katie Viggers
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For fans of Bruno Munari's Zoo and Andrew Zuckerman's Creature ABC, Almost an Animal Alphabet is a quirky combination of alphabet and (almost) animal book, introducing young children to the letters of the alphabet via a collection of appealingly drawn critters. With a gently humorous sensibility and a unique illustrative style, Almost an Animal Alphabet is a perfect choice for pre-readers who love animals.
• Why is it called Almost An Animal Alphabet? There are actually 21 animals, 1 extinct animal, 3 non-animals (for N, U, and X), and 1 imaginary animal (for Y--can you guess? It's a yeti.)
• Alphabet books are perennial sellers, popular with parents and as gifts--this one is distinguished by its simple, elegant style and the quirky emotional appeal of the animals • Katie's art has a textural quality and an artisanal feeling that is enhanced by the matte paper-over-board cover of Almost an Animal Alphabet, making this a great gift for design-obsessed parents and possibly cross-over to non-parents who like the art
"Self-published in the author's native Great Britain in 2010, this A to Z bestiary enchants with expressive, painterly monoprints that either retain their charcoal-like quality or are digitally colorized. The visual diversity extends to the level of realism on each spread: a male-female pair of quails is encyclopedia-ready, while a hammerhead shark wears a tool belt. Viggers depicts several animals solo — e.g. the gorilla, koala, and tarsier — in arch, close-up portraits that convey a rich sense of each creature's personality. Subtle humor and informative tidbits animate the text: B stands not just for bears, but for all eight species of them, from sun to panda (the latter munches on alphabetically convenient bamboo). Seven types of penguins are identified by name and form a courtly tableau, with the Fjordland penguin shading the king penguin with a parasol, while an AdÃ©lie solicits an autograph and the Galapagos snaps a paparazzo photo. So, why the 'almost' of the title? It might have something to do with those 'nighttime,' 'underground,' and 'yeti' spreads, each of which is integrated seamlessly. Ages 3 — 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Katie Viggers is an artist whose work combines mono printing with digital enhancing. After receiving her MA in Fine Art, she founded eightbear, Ltd., a design company that produces stationery, prints, mugs, and other products sold throughout the UK. Katie's twin passions for animals and mono printing continue to inform her distinctive style. for She lives in Nottingham, England.
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