Book review by
Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media
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Kids will love this spectacular illustrated book.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the challenging vocabulary is well supported by vivid artwork. Young children will be eager to point out letters they recognize and to hunt for hidden objects.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 7-year-old Written byTanya mom of 2 February 12, 2016

I would not recommend this book ever.

At first I thought it was beautifully illustrated, vocabulary rich eye spy sort of alphabet book. I was trying to figure out why it was challenged and then I m... Continue reading
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byLittle Wing September 17, 2009

Perfect for any child who can read

This book is wonderful way for children to practice their reading skills at a young age. The illustrations are beautiful and just looking through the book witho... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 8, 2017


Great for a fun day. More colours and fun to read
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 7, 2009

No plot!

The art is wonderful and intricate, and kids will most likely love it (I did) but the "no plot" thing is annoying. Not very filling.

What's the story?

Amazing animals act out alliterative actions on each busy page in this groundbreaking alphabet zoo. Some, like horrible hairy hogs, mimic humans; others, like lions lounging in a library, are out of their element. ANIMALIA takes readers on a leisurely march through the alphabet--leisurely, because it's improbable that anyone will hurry through this spectacular oversized illustrated book.


Is it any good?

This book succeeds on several levels. First, it is an alphabet book that will sustain interest and guarantee frequent return visits. Second, it celebrates the richness of the English language, introducing vivid, vigorous verbs amid abundant adjectives and adverbs and nimble, notable nouns. Third, it further encourages language development by peppering background landscapes with loads of objects, inviting children to stab their fingers at the page and triumphantly call out each object's name.

Sesame Street long ago changed the process by which previously prim alphabet primers were packaged, but nothing prepared parents and pedagogues for the phantasmagorical pictures in Graeme Base's ANIMALIA. Creatures bask, cavort, devour, frolic, juggle, monitor, navigate, preen, queue (the author is British), slither, vocalize, yodel, and zigzag.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about letter sounds. After hunting for hidden objects in the book, trying hunting for objects in your home, at the park, or while riding in the car or on the bus.

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