Published by Flying Eye Books, 2016.
This stunning, large format book is a pictorial exploration of the wild animals of the northern hemisphere and includes mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians and invertebrates. The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different geographical region: North America, Europe and Asia. Sadly, almost a third of the animals in the book are endangered and some are even threatened with extinction.
I love Dieter Braun’s distinctive visual style. His geometric illustrations are beautifully design-led and really striking. The sharp lines and the slight abstraction even give the pictures a Cubist feel. The animals he portrays range from the magestic to the cute.
The accompanying text (a perfectly pitched paragraph) is fascinating and gives you a real insight into the animals and their behaviour. My only niggle is that not all of the animals included in the book have these explanatory paragraphs.
However, this is just a minor criticism because Wild Animals of the North is a wonderful book. Children will be amazed by its illustrations and delight in the wealth of knowledge that they’ll glean from its pages. Every page is a joy to behold.
Suitable for children aged 3+
Thank you to Flying Eye Books for sending me this book to review.