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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Review: Animology

Author and illustrator Maree Coote has done it again with an extraordinary collection of illustrations made entirely from letters.

This time, Maree turns her attention to an exotic range of animals, with everything from tigers and flamingos, to whales and owls, showing off her striking use of colour and typography.

Each animal is created from the letters of its name and is accompanied by a playful and quirky rhyme that's so much fun to read out loud. The rhyme includes a fact about the animal featured, along with a clever reference to letters and words.

This is my favourite Maree Coote book yet — an exquisite collation from the international award-winning illustrator whose impressive collection of books, along with her popularity, continues to grow.

The large format, thick matte pages and bold design make it a book to cherish and pore over for hours. It's a wonderful way to get children thinking about the illustration process, art and design, animals of the world and, of course, spelling.

Other Maree Coote favourites include the CBCA Notable Spellbound
Letters from Australia, Letters from New York, Andy Webb: Artist, and Alphabeasts.

Title: Animology
Author/Illustrator: Maree Coote
Publisher: Melbournestyle Books, $35
Publication Date: September 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780992491796
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book


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