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i like animals10/11/11| Kim NelsonAnimals are great. This is a great book!
A Stunning and Simple ABC10/11/11| Courtney CerrutiI collect Alphabet Books and immediately acquired Andrew Zuckerman's Creature for my collection. Not only is the photography in this book amazingly beautiful, but the detailed shots of animals against a stark white background make for a stunning presentation that will appeal to both adults and little ones. I especially love the personality of each animal that Zuckerman captures in every portrait. This is a great book for any collection and could easily turn the plea for "again, again" into a welcome sound.
beautiful for older kids and adults10/11/11| danielle uvathis book is beautiful! the photographs, the paper, the construction of the book... however, i bought it for my animal-loving 3-year-old and i probably should have waited until he was older. it is a beautiful coffee table book, so it might be better for an older (even adult) animal-lover and not in the hands of a three-year-old. even though he's careful, you have inevitable wear and tear with a much loved book.
Simply Gorgeous!10/11/11| Pam TeeIf kids had coffee table bookss, "Creature ABC" would be one of them. It's an absolutely gorgeous book. In fact, it could very well be the sort of book that people buy for kids, look at 'carefully' with kids, and then put away for their children's children.
Which is to say that Andrew Zuckerman's photography and layout is amazing.
What you will fine in Mr. Zuckerman's book are various pictures of animals associated with letters of the alphabet. This, of course, is nothing new. But what makes these images special is the perspective and how everything is placed on the white-white background.
For example, for the letter "A" we have Alligator. Four pages for him. On one page there is only giant upper and lower case A's. On the two following pages there is our gator friend, in all his glory, along with the word 'alligator'. But what really struck me as wondrous, was the picture of his foot on the very first page. It's a macro shot and just stunning. You can see the remarkable bumpiness of the alligator's skin, and these long toenails. One amazing foot (that looks like it's had a pedicure).
Not all creatures have the same treatment. The elephant, with it's huge foot is shown up close along with another photo which is a head shot; but not the dove. With it's sweet pictures we get a sense of motion as she is caught in mid-flight. Other creatures are treated as a category. "I", for example, is for insects.
But no matter which letter/animal you choose, the images and poses are interesting. (The lion looks like he's had a glamor shot :)
Do check this one out.
Talking Points :::
o Amazing photography. The depth and clarity of the shots defies easy description.
o The paper is very nice: semi-gloss and thicker than normal.
o This book would make an excellent gift. I think there are elements that can be appreciated even by older children.
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Wonderful book for all!10/11/11| Charlene Lobo SorianoMy 18 month old loves animals, and this book was a huge hit for her. The pictures are crisp, clear and she gets a huge kick out of the closeups and details.
It would make a GREAT board book series; in the hands of the 18 month old, it'll take a beating, but it quickly became one of her favorite books.
And if she's happy, so am I!