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CREATURE ABC by Andrew Zuckerman


by Andrew Zuckerman & photographed by Andrew Zuckerman

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6978-2
Publisher: Chronicle

This adaption of Zuckerman’s adult pictorial Creature (2007) uses white backdrops in striking juxtaposition with brilliantly detailed photographs to introduce animals and the ABCs. Children will marvel at the portraits, in which elephant freckles, mandrill stripes and porcupine quills appear in such startling clarity that the animals seem to breathe on the page. The design devotes two double-page spreads to each letter and animal. Young readers encounter upper- and lower-case characters first (Dd), along with an introductory shot. Then a turn of the page reveals the creature’s name (dove) and another breathtakingly close picture. The placement of images remains compositionally compelling throughout, with animals appearing in motion, in fragments or relating with another creature. Readers find a glossary in the back, with fascinating facts about each animal embedded in a grid with ample white space and small pictures. Little ones just learning letters won't be able to hold this hefty book on their own, but the large format will make for fantastic lap-sit sessions. Older children won’t tire of staring into the eyes and souls of such beautiful, mysterious creatures. (Picture book. 3-8)