Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer’s eye-widening sampler.
A laborious technique described in some detail at the outset renders each portrait a study in both rich color and microscopically fine natural detail. Presented in no particular order, the subjects, all of which were photographed alive, include a fuzzy garden dormouse, a giant tropical millipede, and a common cicada, among other showy, small creatures. Brightly hued insects such as the rainbow bush locust and Pygora beetle seem to shimmer, and for that otherworldly look it would be hard to better the extravagantly knobby weevil or a lime hawk-moth pupa that is as creepy and enigmatic as any movie alien. An accompanying note identifies each creature, usually mentions its locale, and sometimes adds a photographer’s comment. Appetites piqued by this introduction may be sated by examining Martin’s Hyper Nature (2015), for adults.
Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)