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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Review: Dogography: The Amazing World of Letter Art Dogs

Award winning Australian author, Illustrator, photographer and designer Maree Coote has just released her latest creation Dogography

Maree’s previous books, Animology and Azaria: A True Historyshowcase her amazing artistic talent and the use of typographic illustrations which sets this book apart from others.

This rhyming picture book introduces the reader to an assortment of dogs, all described perfectly by the few short lines used to propel the reader forward through the story. In fact, they could be used as clues for children to guess what dog appears in the story.

However, this picture book is so much more, it’s a look and find activity book for children and parents. The use of typographic illustrations is a highlight. The name of the dog is shown in a range of different fonts which can then be used to locate the letters in the illustration of that dog, it is simply ingenious.

The letters can appear upside down, back to front or turned around, but the whole image of the dog is created from these letters in different fonts. Combined with the use of colours these dog illustrations come to life.

Dogography will allow children to develop literacy skills, they will be able to associate letter and words with images. It will help with identifying dog breeds, develop spelling skills and encourage children to think laterally as they try to locate all the letters from the dog’s name.

At the end of the book there are key facts about each of the dogs that appear as children love learning facts about newly discovered animals – the only problem for parents might be that they might need to buy a dog after reading this book.

Dogography is a picture book with a twist, its stunning illustrations match with the rhyming text and will generate hours of fun for both children and parents. Favourite illustrations include the dachsund, the poodle and the Irish setter, though I have not found all the letters in the labradoodle image yet!

Title: Dogography: The Amazing World of Letter Art Dogs
Author: Maree Coote
Illustrator: Maree Coote
Publisher: Melbourne Style Books, $29.99  
Publication Date: 1 June 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780648568414
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book Non Fiction