Monday, February 22, 2010
New Release: A California Bestiary
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the illustrations are detailed but don't feel "scientific". They aren't the illustrations of Audubon but instead have a slightly more fictional feel. The outlines are dark, the colors are brilliant and the backgrounds are simple. And yet I definitely feel that I would recognize these animals in the wild.
The text also has a more informal feel -- more like a journalistic essay than a stodgy paper. There are facts (presented in sentence form, not bullet-pointed lists) but also first-person anecdotes that really make this a fun read. My degree is in zoology so I've definitely read my share of dull animal papers! And even I learned some fascinating new animal facts from this book and have a greater appreciation for these creatures of my birth state.
This book will release in April.
Hoping we find room to live together,
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