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by Graeme Base

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With more than two millions copies sold around the world, Graeme Base's amazing alliterative alphabet book has become one of the most beloved titles of the past decade. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Abrams is proud to publish a limited, individually numbered edition of Animalia.  See more details below


With more than two millions copies sold around the world, Graeme Base's amazing alliterative alphabet book has become one of the most beloved titles of the past decade. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Abrams is proud to publish a limited, individually numbered edition of Animalia.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Base has created an ABC book that goes far beyond a simple listing of items in alphabetical order. There are captions or headlines accompanying each letter's scene, such as ``Eight Enormous Elephants Expertly Eating Easter Eggs,'' or ``Two Tigers Taking the 10:20 Train to Timbuktu.'' Each picture is replete with an apparently random choice of objects that have in common (on every page but the one for the letter X) their first letters. This Australian import makes for a delightful visual feast, though it lacks a clear conceptual coherence or unity of action or meaning on every page. No matterreaders will have a fine time guessing at objects and searching for a small child who hides among the pages; and the meticulous artistry is far-reaching in its innovation, detail and humor. Base's monumental effort will not go unrewarded; if books could be honored for the sheer number of hours readers could pore over crammed pages, and for the inexhaustible supply of extra touches, this one surely would be a winner. All ages. (September)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Originally published ten years ago, this book has sold 2 million copies worldwide. The anniversary publication is a limited collectors edition. The large format spreads are very detailed illustrations of a verse, in alphabetical order. Each verse contains only words beginning with the appropriate letter. Careful observation reveals many less obvious objects and creatures, all beginning with the same letter. The illustrations are mixed media and are fun to look at. 1997 (orig.
This beautiful book contains thirteen small tales about those who live in harmony with Animalia, kingdom of the animals...Each tale captures wisdom about the world we share with animals. This is a beautiful book in every sense.
The Hungry Mind Review

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Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Animalia 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is one of those children's books that I bought long before I had a child. Pretty much as soon as I spied it in the library I knew I had to have it. It's a great book that works on so many levels. For one thing, it's gorgeous. It is hard not to admire the splendid illustrations, and it's even harder to put the book down. Then there is the wonderful, witty alliteration (yeah, I did that on purpose). But it is so clever and unexpected. This is not your standard alphabet book.  This book is a great read-aloud for story time with toddlers and preschoolers. School-age children to adults will enjoy hunting for objects beginning with the featured letter on each illustrated page -- kind of like an early I Spy book, only you have to identify the objects, not just find them. Graeme Base spend three years working on this book and was a very young man when he did it. Not a second of his time was wasted.
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NurseGeek More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book when my nieces and nephews received it as a gift some 25 years ago. I bought a copy for myself and used it as a coffee table book. It was the hit of many gatherings as adults worked to identify the more subtle 'hidden' illustrations. For children, it grows with them, learning the basic reading and finding the small boy hidden on each page. As they grow older there are ever challenging items to find on each page, each starting with the letter for that page. For example the page for the letter 'P' has illustrations of the Parthenon, Pythons, and Pterodactyls. Today I am buying copies for the younger children in my life to share the wonder of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great ABC book for kids who are already somewhat familiar with the ABC's (otherwise I think the book might be confusing or over stimulating). The book is fully illustrated (every square centimeter!) with bright colors, each page representing a different letter of the alphabet. Each page is a hunt to see how many things you can find that start with that letter.
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Kimberl71 More than 1 year ago
I remember my young daughter recieving a copy of Animalia when she was 6 years old. We loved the illustrations. This is what I would consider an art book more than a storybook. A great way to start a youngster on the path of art appreciation.
TigerLily7 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my daughter when she was young and she absolutely loved it. Now I have nephews whom I've purchased it for and I know they'll love it as well. The graphics are amazing and the illiterations are catchy for the kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
larsonszoo More than 1 year ago
Every child to whom I've given this book or with whom I've shared my copy has loved it. The artistry is amazing and gorgeous, and the words are fun as well. Can't recommend it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. It uses great words and has beautiful pictures. I reccommend this book to kids of all ages!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book while teaching a poetry unit to my 8th grade students. It's a perfect exmple of alliteration. I brought it home to read to my 2 year old and he loved it too! Not only are the main illustrations beautiful, but the background of each page is full of pictures that begin with that letter as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Animalia is an extremely detailed alphabet book. There are twenty six illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some are two pages and some are only one. Each illustration includes an animal that corresponds with the letter the name starts with: like A is for Alligator, B is for Butterfly, C is for Cat and so on. Graeme¿s word choice includes alliteration for each letter: like ¿An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator,¿ ¿Beautiful Blue Butterflies Basking By a Babbling Brook,¿ ¿Crafty Crimson Cats Carefully Catching Crusty Crayfish,¿ and so on. It sounds very poetic. A child might not know what the words mean but might like the sounds of them. Each illustration also includes many small objects that start with the corresponding letter. Although the text doesn¿t include the names of these objects, the reader can try to identify them. It¿s interesting the author has a hidden picture of himself as a child in every illustration, it¿s another challenge the reader can search for. I think this book is appropriate for all ages. Adults have just as much fun and just as much curiosity when identifying the hidden objects as children do. There is a coloring book version of Animalia and a television series to be released in 2007 called Animalia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Animalia is a great book for parents to read to their kids because with this books fun and challenging words it helps the readers vocabulary to grow! With great pictures and funny words, this book will surely make you want to read it again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book when my teacher in Hillcrest Scool brought this book. It is a reaaly amazing, funny and good book. You should read it Ashley because you like animals and I reccomend this book to animal fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The page for the letter "k" has personified animals in clothes w a caption "Kid kookaburra and Kelly kangaroo kidnapping kitty koala" w a scared koala being held around the neck w a large gun pointed at her. However, if this doesn't phase you for your child to see/read, the other pages are great w spectacular illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was shocked to see the illustration and words for the letter K. "Kid kookaburra and Kelly kangaroo KIDNAPPING Kitty koala" and the illustration shows the kookaburra and kangaroo holding the koala at gun-point. This is completely an unnecessary display of violence considering the young, preschool-age target audience who is learning his/her alphabet. The book should have the characters "kissing" and not "kidnapping."