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Animalium by Katie Scott & Jenny Broom

Welcome to the museum! There are over 160 animal specimens to be discovered in Animalium, which is the first in a series of virtual museums.

- Big Picture Press

Another amazing book by the wonderful people at Big Picture Press.

Seriously, I want to own EVERYTHING they publish! This particular book is simply magnificent, all ll2 pages of it, and every inch of every page. The staggeringly huge 370 x 272mm book is a piece of treasure, and an absolute steal at £20.00. It’s educational value alone is priceless, each chapter features a different branch of the tree of life, from the simple sponge to the enormous elephant. The production value of this beauty makes me want to pick it up and lick it. The cover is matt-laminated with spot UV, it’s delicious! My photography doesn’t do it justice – Just buy it! You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

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A Good Home for Max by Junzo Terada

In a little shop in a little town, lives a little mouse named Tabi. Each night Tabi tidies the shop, puts out new merchandise and plays with his animal friends. But when, day after day, Tabi’s best friend Max the Dog doesn’t find a good home, Tabi realises he has a bigger job to do. In this sweet, heart-warming picture book, celebrated artist Junzo Terada reminds us all that there’s no place like home.

Junzo Terada is a celebrated designer, illustrator and fine artist, with numerous solo exhibitions throughout Japan. He has design studio in Osaka, Japan. He has published a wide variety of stationery and formats with Chronicle Books, including Animals Around The World Journal, Magical Menagerie and Happy Animal Time postcards, among many others.

- Abrams & Chronicle Books

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Seen and not Heard by Katie May Green

This is Katie May Green’s first picture book. It is filled with dark, nightmare-inspired undertones. The characters are worthy of classic horror films. During the day, the walls of a stately country home imprison the ghosts of children from the recent past in picture frames, two of them identical twin girls. A black cat seems to watch guard for them, as the children’s eyes move from side to side. When the sun goes down, the children climb out of their frames and cause havoc within the walls of this forgotten home.

Published by Walker Books – October 2014

Check out Katie’s website to see more of her work.

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Sketches from a Nameless Land: The Art of the Arrival by Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is from Western Australia. He is best known for his surreal picture books. His books are what our world would look like if they collided with Shaun’s dreams. A couple of these books I have showcased on Magpie That; Rules of Summer & Eric. I plan to do a post soon, showcasing all of his work as I have with David Weisner & Mac Barnett.

The first book I bought by Shaun Tan was The Arrival, recommended by a friend of mine, who is a fan of graphic novels. The Arrival is work of art. It is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images. Reading it feels like looking into both the past and the future.

A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

- www.shauntan.net

Sketches from a Nameless Land: The Art of the Arrival allows us to look at the creative process of this masterpiece. It is filled with early sketches, sources of inspiration and commentary of the evolution of this massive project.

  • ISBN: 9781444924428
  • Publication date: 02 Oct 2014