Adrienne Barman

Non-Fiction Books, 6 years +, Wide Eyed Editions

Creaturepedia

Illustrated by Adrienne Barman

Published by Wide Eyed Editions

Creaturepedia celebrates the amazing animal kingdom and is filled with over 600 beautifully illustrated creatures. Rather than list the creatures in a traditional alphabetical format, Swiss illustrator Adrienne Barman has grouped them in to fascinating categories such as "The architects", "The champion breath-holders", "The masters of camouflage" and "The faithful". This novel idea is a great way to introduce children to the amazing array of animals and their fascinating characteristics.  Not only is it a beautiful almanac of creatures but this book is funny too. Many of the animals have been drawn as characters with personalities to match their unique traits. "The unlucky" are particularly ugly, "The endangered" are shown crying (ok, so this isn't funny but it does convey the point), "The sprinters" are so quick that they can't be captured on the page but leave clouds of dust as they sprint off the page and "The faithful" are illustrated in pairs dreamily staring in to each other's eyes. Barman's illustrations are bold, colourful and close to a comic book style. The book has been published in a high quality format with a thick cover, embossed title, bold colours and a neon orange bookmark. This book has so much to look at that it will keep the young and old amused for hours.   

Wide Eyed Editions is a publishing house that create high quality non-fiction books for children & families. As they describe of themselves, they have a 'stellar cast of illustrators and authors' on their books and have published a great number of outstanding books lately. What I love most about their books is that they explore complex themes in a simple way using articulate and bold illustrations. If you haven't already looked at their titles, I suggest you do today. Click here to visit their website. Nature's Day by Danielle Kroll & Kay Maguire is on the top of my wishlist.

Reviewed by Georgia White