The timeless appeal of alphabet books meets the richest Scanimation book ever. ABC Animals is a romping, stomping journey from A to Z, and all the animals come alive—as many as four to a page—in the excitement of Scanimation. It’s the alphabet as it’s never been seen before: Watch the Alligator snap, the Bats swooping, the Camel trot. There’s L for the Lion proudly prowling along, and M for the Mouse scurrying inside his wheel. And it all culminates in the largest Scanimation image yet: Z, for Zoo, where all the animals gather to play.
The illustration technique–they call it “scanimation”–used in this book is pretty fun and novel, but surprisingly hard for my little ones to actually enjoy. I find that it’s hard for both of them (I have two daughters) to sit at angles that allow them to really see the animals, which is frustrating. It’s easier for them to enjoy solo–they do love to bend the pages back and forth, trying to make the animals move.
Rufus Butler Seder is the inventor of Lifetiles, glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life when the viewer walks by; he’s installed them at the Smithsonian, Sea World, Union Station, and other museums, aquariums, train stations, and ocean liners around the world. He is also the founder of EyeThink, Inc., a company that develops and produces a line of toys and gifts using the technologies he’s invented. Mr. Seder lives in Boston.