'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.'
- author Jackie French

Saturday 23 February 2019

Review: Illuminatlas

Illuminatlas is the creation of Carnovsky, the pairing of Italian-based Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi.

Illuminatlas uses colour to explore our planet and comes with a special lens stored inside the front cover. There's also an app (RGB Lens) you can download and use to turn your smartphone into the lens if you prefer.

Each of the three colours lets you see something different: blue for plants, animals and other nature-based features; green for the physical landscape, and red for cultural highlights such as famous buildings.

The book itself is divided into different geographical parts of the world (the Arctic and Antarctic, Western Europe, South America, etc).

For each of them, there's a map, plus information about natural wonders, and an annotated list of cultural highlights. The natural wonders and cultural highlights can be found on the map when you use the correct coloured lens.

For anyone who wants to know just how this works, I'll let the creators explain:
'RGB artworks interact and mutate with different chromatic stimulus. The superimposition of 3 different images, each one in a primary colour, results in unexpected and disorienting worlds where the colours mix up and the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and and not completely clear. Through a coloured filter it is possible to discover the layers in which the image is composed.'

Like its predecessors, Illuminatlas is an enthralling book that will encourage readers to think and look at the world around them in a new way.

Other books in the series include: Illuminature and Illumanatomy.

Title: Illuminatlas
Author: Kate Davies
Illustrator: Carnovsky 
Publisher: Quarto Group, $35
Publication Date: September 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781786031686
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior non-fiction