Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
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Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery

Published by Candlewick Studio
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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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  • Illustration

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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.
Reading Age
4 - 8 years

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