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Monday, 12 May 2014

Review: My Animal Book

The glorious peeps at Okido are back with this jam-packed hard cover book that's kind of a cross between an activity book, a seek and find book, an information book, and a eye-popping picture book. Think Richard Scarry and Maurice Sendak on a Euro bender with Oliver Jeffers.

A group of little characters takes the reader on a journey to discover animals--the way they are constructed ('Animals have babies. A stone doesn't.'), what they do, where they live, how they get around and what makes them unique.

Along the way, kids can play games, do crafts, make books, play detective, seek and find, cook, create shadows and much, much more.

This is a jam-packed, visual wow of a book, with much to see and do. The varying illustration styles, fonts, colours and page formats are so over-the-top, they just work.

A word of warning: you may get precious about the kids using it as an activity book (ie: cutting, sticking, pasting, scissor-goring). Either get two copies or simply close your eyes and try to let go ...

Title: My Animal Book
Author: Okido
Illustrator: Various
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 March 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780500650240
For ages: 3 - 11
Type: Picture Book

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