The Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals – Marc Martin



Format:Hardback, 32 pages


price:AUD $24.99



Publisher:Penguin Aus.


The Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals is a visual feast – a riot of vivid and rich colour, an explosion of dynamic and intriguing shapes.

My friend the Book Chook remarked about this book:

So much more than an alphabet book, this delightful children’s picture book shares the inspiration its creator finds in the world around him. Each letter of the alphabet depicts an animal interpreted through graphic design-style illustration. Those are the facts, but the reality is that each individual illustration uses art techniques and lush textures that sets them apart.



Marc Martin is a graphic designer, artist, illustrator based in Melbourne whose artwork is now moving into children’s books. If you’ve not looked at his website, make sure you do – I know I keep lusting after some of his prints and have earmarked a couple to buy already.


It is a rare child who is not fascinated by animals – I know that in my family this is particularly true. Moreover, they love to find out more about them. This glorious book takes children into a journey around the world of both knowledge and beauty, through the author’s own wonder at the nature around us.


Alphabet book, field guide, work of art – the youngest of readers will love the vibrant illustrations, older ones exploring their letters and sounds will enjoy the familiar and unfamiliar animals offered for each and  children moving into independent reading will relish exploring the facts and trying to pronounce the scientific names.


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