Nicola Davies (text), Petr Horáček (illus.), A First Book of Animals, Walker Books Australia, 1 Oct 2016, 108pp., $29.99 (hbk), ISBN: 9781406359633
This handsome picture book for children looks at the animal world through a creative lens. Using poetry, paint, print and collage, Davis and Horáček explore themes such as ‘big and small,’ ‘colours and shapes,’ ‘animal homes,’ ‘animal babies’ and ‘animals in action.’ With a background in zoology, Davis’ obvious joy for her subject matter is expressed through her poetry, and the interesting little facts about the animals she presents.
Horáček’s mixed medium images are equally poetic in their interpretation; the book’s big picture format drawing the young viewer into the world of such amazing creatures as the beaver and whale shark, leaf insect and chameleon.
Highly recommended for ages 4+.
Reviewed by Mem Capp