James Balog's Animals A to Z
By James Balog
(Chronicle Books, Board Book, 9780811813396, 26pp.)
Publication Date: June 1996
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In this ABC board book, graphically appealing silhouetted images of animals will capture children's attention and engage them for hours. Very young readers will be captivated by the clear, striking photographs. The sturdy format insures the durability of this book to remain a favorite.
James Balog is a well known and respected photographer who has spent his career exploring and documenting the relationship between man and the natural world. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Discover, Time, and Life, as well as having been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his six year-old daughter.
--KIRKUS REVIEWS, May 5, 1996
In the striking, tack-sharp photographs of this animal ABC, creatures look out from the pages as if wishing to commune with readers. The format--lots of white space--gives the unusual selection of animals (well, yes, Z is for zebra, and X is for ox) a tangible presence: Didn't the mandrill's eyes just move? Might not that frog be sticky to the touch? Though a few of the critters look cut-and-pasted, this board-book bestiary is fairly breathtaking. (Picture book. 1-4)
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, June 10, 1996
The ever-expanding menagerie of animal ABC books now includes James Balog's Animals A to Z. With its durable board book format and eye-catching, silhouetted photographs, the book is just right for very young readers.