What is this about?: Magnificent creatures on the move, of course! This is an utterly lovely picture book about animals with art by Anna Wright in a most unusual way.
What else is this about?: What I said about is pretty much all there is.
Blurb: Both informative and visually stunning, this beautiful introduction to the animal world will sit alongside the best of Faber’s heritage publishing as well as other masterpieces of illustration such as William Grill’s Shackleton.
I have nephews, who at 18 months old have discovered picture books. They’re enraptured by them and currently discovering animals, which made me think they might like Magnificent Creatures.
I was curious about something the write-up for the book said — about the author and illustrator playing with patterns and textures in her art. And sure enough, Anna Wright does explain in the forward (I guess) that she uses fabric and feather textures in her art which creates a whole different experience for readers.
But most of all, what I enjoyed was that the book surprised me — the magnificent creatures were nothing like I expected. The usual suspects — lions, elephants etc — weren’t included in the book, but herring, fireflies, crabs and springbok to name a few are.
Not that usual suspects aren’t wonderfully magnificent, but they are the usual suspects for a reason. So I enjoyed that my nephews would see different types of creatures. Each creature has two pages of gorgeous art, coupled with a few sentences about their behaviour, where they live and any other titbits of interesting information — like some if a jellyfish is cute in two, the pieces will survive and create new jellyfish.
Good right? That sort of difference is what make books stick in kid’s minds, I hope! What do you think of Magnificent Creatures?