Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin's stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world. Here is a book of wonder, a unique and breathtaking treasure from one of Australia's most outstanding new talents.
Some books truly are a feast for the eyes. So much more than an alphabet book, this delightful children's picture book shares the inspiration its creator finds in the world around him. Each letter of the alphabet depicts an animal interpreted through graphic design-style illustration. Those are the facts, but the reality is that each individual illustration uses art techniques and lush textures that sets them apart.
When kids share books in free-choice reading, they often choose a book that is more visual than print. The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals makes a prefect choice for such a time, when kids can mull over each animal and the way it has been portrayed. Children will be encouraged to explore shapes, textures and patterns in their own environment, and go on to create their own artwork. There's a glossary of curious facts and habitats to read about the animals, and the endpapers have each animal's silhouette overlaid upon a world map.
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