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Animaliaby Graeme Base
Synopses & Reviews
More than three million copies of Animalia have been sold around the world, making Graeme Base's amazing alliterative alphabet book one of the most beloved titles of the past quarter century. To celebrate 25 years, Abrams is proud to publish a special anniversary edition. Animalia's incredible imaginary world intrigues all readers, whether or not they know their ABCs. Each page includes hidden objects and ideas: start with "A is for An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding an Angry Alligator" and you'll find aprons, ants, aces, Atom-brand anchovies, and much more. The rest of the alphabet is just as much fun!
"Base's monumental effort will not go unrewarded; if books could be honored for the sheer number of hours readers could pore over crammed pages, and for the inexhaustible supply of extra touches, this one surely would be a winner." Publishers Weekly
"The Fine art of the full-color alphabet book is raised to new heights....Kids will love the outrageous illustrations, and get a kick out of the letter hunt." Child magazine
"So extraordinary, so extravagantly illustrated, so astonishingly alliterative, so thoroughly delightful that any child who does not soon possess it may rightly feel his education has been shamefully neglected." San Francisco Chronicle
"The ultimate alphabet book, loved for its look and playful language. Base is known for his beautiful, detailed illustrations and Animalia, populated mostly by animals, is his best-known and most-loved book." Sydney Morning Herald
Graeme Base's best-selling amazing alliterative alphabet book — more than three million copies in print world-wide.
One little boy living on a farm in rural Texas gets a big surprise when he discovers tiny flying elephants under his bed. But his mom doesnandrsquo;t like critters in the house, so he tries to keep them a secret. Until one day they escape from his bedroom and cause havoc in the house. But when locusts invade the farm and start to destroy crops, the elephants come to the rescue!
Bestselling author-illustrator Graeme Base has created a unique story with his signature illustrations, which are sure to appeal to young readers.
Praise for Little Elephants
andquot;The minimal text wisely recedes for Base's gorgeous paintings, and the story's very implausibility is a large part of the delight... An offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment.andquot;
andquot;This is a strange, magical book. Baseandrsquo;s lush paintings ground the fanciful story in its realistic rural setting. At the same time, the landscapes are suffused with a golden glow that casts a soporific charm over the whole book. Interesting visual details abound, from the mouseandrsquo;s thimble helmet to the prophetic circus posters on the walls. A great book to enjoy one-on-one.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Graeme Base has done it again. His beautifully detailed paintings are such an important part of this story.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. and#160;In a merciful moment, the Pharaoh decides to give the two friends one last chance: they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her andshy; a beautiful and precious Jewel Fish. But she has a warning for the two:
and#8220;Do not take anything else while you are in Karnak. and#160;And know that the Jewel Fish is magical. and#160;Be sure it does not get wet.and#8221;
Jackal and Ibis are not very clever and ignore the Cat Pharaoh's words, taking a few extra treasures for themselves . . . and disaster follows!
Itand#8217;s up to readers to work out from the pages of the book what the Jeweland#160; Fish looks like, then log on to www.graemebase.com, where the Cat Pharaoh and Crocodile Prince wait for their treasures to be returned. A cunningand#160; mechanical device in the back of the book holds the final key to the puzzle.
And on the back of the bookand#8217;s jacket is a poster map of ancient Egypt withand#160;facts about the actual places and mythological characters in the story.
Complete with hieroglyphics and sparkling jewels, here is a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world, from the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of such classics as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Legend of the Golden Snail.
About the Author
Graeme Base received international acclaim for his smash hit Animalia, which has sold more than three million copies. Among his many other beloved and bestselling books are The Jewel Fish of Karnak, Enigma, The Eleventh Hour, The Water Hole, and The Legend of the Golden Snail. He lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.
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