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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I love the outrageous Ostrich. There is a fairy. Childrens stylized illustrated picture book of animals and small people hiding in a Where’s Waldo type situation. This is the most fabulous alphabet book ever!

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Animalia is an illustrated children’s book by Graeme Base. Views Read Edit View history.

By the time they are learning to read and write, they are far more ajimalia verbally than their little eyes are able to read. Archived from the original on 3 May The result is an alphabet book that grows with your kid, because even a grown-up can spend a lot of time quietly poring over the pages of the book to catch one last detail, find one more F word, locate the boy in the striped shirt on every page.

Base has clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating each of the illustrations, and the intricate detail on display is phenomenal.


Although I do quite enjoy Graeme Base’s Animalia as a general concept, the intricate and involved illustrations basw seem incredibly over busy and much too in-one’s-face for them to ever be even remotely animlia personal favourites as I tend to rather crave and even require visual simplicity and unclutteredness, and sadly, upon rereading Animaliathe over-busyness actually started to give me a bit of a sick headache.

View all 8 comments. It was the smallest details that were so enjoyable. Jul 09, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an amazing book which takes a look at the alphabet, from A to Z. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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The illustrations are rich, complex, busy, intriguing, and expertly articulated. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Archived from the original PDF on 9 April As an aside, Base in the same interview also described his own inquisitive nature. Where is the boy. What I love is that the phrases for each letter are very involved, lots of great words here, no “dumbing-down” for kiddies. He worked in advertising for two years and then began illustrating children’s books, gradually moving to authoring them as well.

Animalia by Graeme Base

But that being said and even though I have only grzeme Animalia with a high two star ranking bwse, aside 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 basd a list of the specific hidden objects to be located in Animalia would have been a welcome and much useful addition.


I just spent almost an hour looking at the base of every picture, trying to find all the other ‘hidden’ images that start with the same letter as the main theme. A great read, and ever new. The writing is joyful and silly.

It is hard not to admire the splendid illustrations, and it’s even harder to put the book down. But there are also several other “Animalia” is a fun, colorful safari ride through the alphabet.

Not a second of his time was wasted. The book is bursting with illustrations of animals, from peacocks to lions and animal graaeme, such as unicorns and dragons. And a box of Derwents too, for that matter. There’s two ways to do an alphabet book. I also now own a miniature pap Amazing illustrations Who show up in the ‘Ds’.

Oct 05, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Endless fun One of my favourite books from years ago, I finally picked up a copy for myself the other day. Example of a two-page spread. I am very in the minority here, but when I read this book as bae kid I just felt really overwhelmed by the illustrations.