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Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery

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“Impeccable animal selection and exquisite illustrations make this a WOW read.”

Collective nouns are the order of the day in this book highlighting animal groupings. From the savannah to the outback, from the woodlands to the tundra, and even from under the sea, Wildsmith features animals from all stretches of the world in this non-fiction book. Readers may recognize some of Wildsmith’s choice of collective nouns (e.g. “a pride of lions”, “a family of otters”), but the vast majority are likely to provide a moment of delightful learning and appreciation for how aptly they capture each animal’s personality (e.g. “a bloat of hippos”, “ a pandemonium of parrots”). Wildsmith’s absolutely stunning illustrations in mixed media infuse this topic (which has been done many times before, but perhaps never so well) with vibrant personality—colorful, full of texture and pattern, and simultaneously exquisite and raw, they perfectly match the majesty of the animal kingdom.

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Discover a troop of kangaroos, an ambush of tigers, a rafter of turkeys, and a flotilla of swordfish in this glorious introduction to the animal kingdom from internationally acclaimed artist Brian Wildsmith. A lion yawns lazily in the grass. Curious giraffes crane their long necks. Step into this rich world of animals from an extraordinary illustrator whose work influenced generations of younger artists. Each animal’s essence is strikingly captured, from the playfulness of otters to a noisy gathering of parrots, while panoramic pictures give a real sense of the animals’ habitats. Collective nouns – some familiar, others wonderfully surprising – are used to describe each group of animals. Brian Wildsmith’s stunning illustrations will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
May 19, 2020
Original Publication Date:
September 4, 2008
Original Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Amaranth.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in colored pencil and chalk, watercolor, and gouache.

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