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. Praise. “A delightful visual feast if books could be honored for the sheer number of hours readers could pore over crammed pages, and for. Animalia is an illustrated children’s book by Graeme Base. It was originally published in , followed by a tenth anniversary edition in , and a 25th.

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In fact, the book’s introduction encourages it. There are a few p There’s two ways to do an alphabet book.

I spent many similar afternoons and evenings like so as a child.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is alliteration – love it, and it good alliteration too. Open Preview See a Problem? View all 25 comments. Nothing but love for this book. Archived from the original on 3 May So much time goes into them. It can’t bwse a spoiler to show one ok two! The illustrations are luscious – you could spend hours picking out the details. It is way more interesting and imaginative an introduction to the alphabet than any other ABC book I’ve ever read.

As an aside, Base in the same interview also described his own inquisitive nature. They were just so full and busy that it was too much for me.

I think I have an enquiring mind. Nov 08, Amy Bruestle added it. We hunted down little Graemes for an hour. Want to Read saving…. And what detail there is. A beautiful body of work that took Base three years baase complete.

Not a second of his time was wasted. Island Boy Barbara Cooney. A great read, and ever new. There are a few pages that seemingly indicate violence – hogs going into battle, a kangaroo in a kidnapping, warrior wasps – so parents of more sensitive children will want to read this book before purchasing. I have to make sure the nephew doesn’t hide it in his room so I can’t return it to the library. Or the crab decapod, get it? But that being said and even though I have only rated Animalia with a high two star rankingaside from the book teaching and practicing the alphabet, alliteration, rhyming and the like, the hidden images might also be a useful tool for working on pattern recognition with children as well as adults who have focusing and visual tracking issues the latter factoid being yet another reason why a list of the specific hidden objects to be located in Animalia would have been a welcome and much useful addition.


Sep 20, Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The animals are drawn fantastically, with a does of reality and almost cartoon-y anthropomorphism that delight the fancy. I’m a bad parent to have held out the Graeme Base books from the Offspring but they’re signed, and they have little Base doodles, and they’re mine. Oct gy, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Childrens stylized illustrated picture book of animals and small people hiding in a Where’s Waldo type situation.

School-age children to adults will enjoy hunting for objects beginning with the featured letter on each illustrated page — kind of like an bawe I Spy book, only you have to identify the objects, not just find them. And there was even a cricket match. Each page or double-page spread conjures a letter of the alphabet with rhyming alliteration and illustrations full of things starting with animaila letter.

Where is the boy. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The book is bursting with illustrations of basw, from peacocks to lions and animal legends, such as unicorns and dragons.

The never-gonna-stop nephew looked at this for an hour looking for all the little deta LOVE!


I don’t understand the less than average graemw for this book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So parents and teachers don’t treat them like babies, but start to teach, and stretch their little minds and understanding.

Every time I read it again, I find more pictures to identify with whatever letter I’m reading.

Animalia | Graeme Base

See how many items you can find that start with the featured letter. It was the smallest details that were so enjoyable. Abrams first published The illustrations are mixed media and are fun to look at.

This book is not an “A is for Apple” book, it has more depth than that. The X page is a bit of a cheat since none of the words included start with the letter X, but I give Base a pass since he goes above and beyond with V, of all letters. Example of a two-page spread. The PandaBat is now enthralled.

The books of Graeme Base: clever clues in a fantasy world – in pictures

Ani,alia am very in the minority here, but when I read this book as a kid I just felt really overwhelmed by the illustrations. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Now I do believe and even realise that Animalia has a lot of what I would label “kid appeal” but for someone like me, with less than stellar eyesight, the sheer masses of hidden objects can easily prove to be a bit massively overwhelming at best. Retrieved from ” https: But there are also several bby “Animalia” is a fun, colorful safari ride through the alphabet.