Friday, November 27, 2015

Animal Camouflage Search and Find - Book Review

When I was a child, I actually didn't mind going to the dentist (too much) because there was always a stack of Highlights Magazines in the waiting room... I loved the hidden pictures page. But that's only part of why I'm drawn to this brand new Animal Camouflage Search and Find activity book. The other reason is because my friend in paper, Sarah Dennis, created the stunning papercut illustrations you'll find throughout the pages.

Animal Camouflage Cover

Ideal for curious nature lovers ages 6 and up, it introduces fun (and sometimes funny) information, while presenting animals from all seven continents... this fellow, for example:

Animal Camouflage Search and Find Example

The densely packed scenes practically hum with wildlife and provide a welcome challenge to even the most eagle-eyed kids (and adults). You're bound to discover something new with each reading.

Animal Camouflage Hidden Pictures

Here's a quick time lapse video that shows the cover scene as it springs to life under Sarah's practiced fingers.

She worked closely with Sam Hutchinson of b small publishing, who authored the text's facts, prompts and questions.

Animal Camouflage Search and Find Example Pages

Keep in mind that the pages are images of Sarah's art work, not actual [laser] paper cuttings, aside from one bear-y cute cut out inside the front cover.

Animal Camouflage Interior

The book is available in the UK and Ireland; I was sent a copy for this review by the publisher. Until it is released in additional countries, Animal Camouflage Search and Find can be ordered from UK-based Book Depository (worldwide free shipping!)

Crepe Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial

By the way, Sarah is also the artist who created the previously featured Cinderella: A Cut-Paper Book and she designed this pretty crepe paper holiday wreath tutorial.

Secret Garden Journal

One more book mention for today... as an admirer of detail work, here's a shout out to another UK artist, Johanna Basford of Scotland and the lovely illustrations she creates. You might be familiar with her popular coloring books for adults. Secret Garden Journal releases on December 1. It features golden touches on the cover, gilded pages, and Sarah's tiny illustrations on blank pages for you to color while collecting your thoughts, perhaps with Micron pens to get into the teeny nooks and crannies.

Oh and don't forget the Revel and Co. Holiday Gift Wrap Collection worldwide giveaway is on through Monday. It's a beauty and your odds of winning are soooooo much better than the lottery!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Ann said...

I remember reading the Highlights magazines when I went to the dentist as a kid too.
What an amazing looking book this is.

Bev said...

Really beautiful book. I'm so glad to see that paper craft is really taking off as an art medium. Just ordered the book for my 1st grade nephew.

Ann Martin said...

Highlights is still around, Ann! I had to google that to find out... hadn't thought of it in ages - not until this book arrived. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Ann Martin said...

Oh that's nice, Bev! I hope he'll enjoy it.

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