Tuesday, August 9, 2011
interesting interview of his that it took Base months to complete each drawing. I can certainly believe it! Each incredible picture is full of things that begin with that letter of the alphabet. You could literally look at some of them for an hour and not find everything. As my son loves playing alphabet games, this book is a huge hit with him lately. He loves looking for everything hidden in the pictures, including a small boy who appears in each one (intended to be Graeme when he was a child. As he points out in the interview, this was even before "Where's Waldo?" came to be.) This book can certainly be enjoyed by the older child, as well, and in fact might even be intended for a more sophisticated audience. We especially love the lions on the L page. My son always calls them the "library lions", after another one of our favorite books, featured back on Day 34. (One little warning to parents of very young children: the "K" page features a picture of "Kid Kookaburra and Kelly Kangaroo kidnapping Kitty Koala," with some type of gun in their hands. My son doesn't even seem to notice and loves looking for all of the other "K" things, plus it is illustrated in a cool, 1930's style, but some people might be turned off by the gun. Just throwing that out there.) We've had hours of fun with this book, and I love that it is the type of story that can grow along with your child. There are so many other things you can do after reading this, too. Make your own alphabet letter pictures, or see how many words you and your child can name that begin with one letter (my son loves doing this!) We also happen to have an Animalia puzzle, which he loves doing, too. Animalia is a beautiful work of art that is bound to captivate minds both young and old.