Safari: A Photicular Book

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Once before, we introduced a brand-new idea with a challenge: You won’t believe your eyes. The book was Gallop!, the technology was Scanimation®, and the result was a bestseller. Now we’re back with another dazzling idea, and this time for the whole family: The book is Safari, it uses never-before-seen Photicular technology, and the result is breathtaking.

Safari is a magical journey. Readers, as if on safari, encounter eight wild animals ...
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Overview


Once before, we introduced a brand-new idea with a challenge: You won’t believe your eyes. The book was Gallop!, the technology was Scanimation®, and the result was a bestseller. Now we’re back with another dazzling idea, and this time for the whole family: The book is Safari, it uses never-before-seen Photicular technology, and the result is breathtaking.

Safari is a magical journey. Readers, as if on safari, encounter eight wild animals that come alive. Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. It’s mesmerizing, as visually immediate as a National Geographic or Animal Planet special.

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It’s the romance of being on safari—and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion— in a book unlike any other.
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Editorial Reviews

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Safari must be seen to be completely appreciated. Call it a photicular book; a collection of 3D movies in a binding; scanimation taken to the next level: However you describe it, Safari possesses a totally addictive appeal. In its pages, you can watch a cute, pony-sized zebra moving fast or slow; admire the speed and leap of a gazelle; or fearlessly watch a mighty lion charge you time after time. Don't just stand there; the eight three-dimensional photographic animations demands your attention.

Publishers Weekly
Lenticular technology takes a big leap forward with this virtual safari that highlights eight African animals. Triggered by page turns, Kainen's animated images are akin to those in Rufus Butler Seder's Scanimation titles, but even more remarkable in their realism; watching a western lowland gorilla chew or a Thomson's gazelle leap isn't all that different from watching a clip of a nature film (or at least an animated gif). Kaufmann opens the book with a recounting of a safari to Kenya's Masai Mara reserve; it reads as adult ("As the sun settles into the savanna, we... watch the long silhouettes of giraffes while sipping a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon"), but both the information contained there and in the profiles of the eight animals will fascinate young readers. As will Kainen's animations, of course. All ages. (Oct.)
PW magazine

“Lenticular technology takes a big leap forward with this virtual safari.”

PW magazine

Entertainment Weekly

“Lenticular technology takes a big leap forward with this virtual safari.”

PW magazine

Audubon magazine

“Shots of cheetahs, rhinos, and gazelles spring to life as the pages turn.”

Entertainment Weekly

From the Publisher

“An imaginative interpretation of the real thing.”

Audubon magazine

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
While this book will have some appeal to young readers it really is not a "kids" book. The text is extremely dense and presented from an adult viewpoint. It tells the story of the technique used to create the images as well as that of an actual safari. Dan Kainen relates to readers that the techniques of Photicular imaging is an old technology which is done in a new way. The result is pictures or images that have movement and he notes that the beauty of an animal moving has always fascinated him. Carol Kaufman tells of her adventure in Masai Mara, Kenya, a large national reserve along the Tanzanian border. It opens with her plane landing on the bare ground right next to a two story tall giraffe that is not about to move. Then the adventure begins with their guide Massek, ferrying the tour group in a Land Cruiser to their camp site. The description of the camp lets readers know that this is not your basic sleep on the group in a bedroll type of trip, but rather a first class adventure with real beds and excellent shower facilities. In case readers did not know, they will learn that safari is the Swahili word for journey. The group encounters some amazing animals on their trip—more giraffes, zebras, gazelles, lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, buffalo, leopards, and many more. The text is peppered with black and white drawings of some of the animals and then the special photicular images begin to appear accompanied by a detailed text about the featured animal—a racing lion, a gorilla munching on a blade of grass, a rhino running across the plain, a baby zebra trotting in the grassland, an elephant flapping its ears, a nimble gazelle racing from a predator, and finally the giraffe strolling along. The final illustration brings the story full circle and to a successful close. This books will attract young readers, but it is also a wonderful gift for a person of any age heading out on a safari. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761163800
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 95,480
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Kainen is an inventor, artist, and photographer. He lives in New York City, and his website is dankainen.com.

Carol Kaufmann is a cat lover, former staff writer for National Geographic, and coauthor of the bestselling Safari and Ocean. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This book was given at a baby shower and it stole the show. All the ladies were captivated by the pictures/animation. I went out the next day and purchased one for my 6 yr-old. It is a big hit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    A really cool book and great gift for all

    I received a birthday card a few years back with a horse galloping across the front. My kids and I were fascinated by it and it was studied long after my birthday was over.
    When I saw this book at B&N, which uses the same photo technology as the card, I bought several knowing that it would make a unique gift. I have since given it to people ranging in age from 6 to 77. Everyone has loved it!
    Safari is on my coffee table and everyday at least one person picks it up and marvels at the animals coming to life. I can't wait to see what Mr. Kainen comes up with next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    You have to see it to believe it!

    This is such an innovative book! I can't stop looking at it. Great fun for all ages!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    outstanding !

    I purchased this for my nephews - twin boys (3 yrs old) - and it is now their favorite book !

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