These remarkable illustrations capture animal body-language and likeness with accuracy, charm and wit, while simultaneously spelling the animal’s portrait! It’s the missing link between word and image.A stunning new collection of illustrations paired with delightful not-so-nonsense verse. This book is deliciously large, and rich enough in glorious colour and detail to immerse young readers in letter shape and design. These ingenious animal portraits link letter and image in a totally new way, creating a connection between word and picture that will help improve letter recognition, spelling and design skills.Did you know that the octopus has nine brains? Can you make a portrait of an octopus from the letters of its name? Did you know you could make a swan with just four beautiful letters? If you rearrange the letters of an armadillo, do you still have an armadillo? Discover a world where letters and nature meet. Discover the kooky connections between letter shapes and animal body language.One of the very first to identify the contemporary rise of Melbourne’s cultural and place power, Author Maree Coote has won The Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s Gold Prize for ‘The Art of Being Melbourne’. Her unique command of history, culture, art and design is made accessible for a wide variety of audiences, including children. Coote was the first to create a children’s picture book for Melbourne kids, ‘When You Go To Melbourne’. According to Philip Adams, “Melbourne never had a more ingenious ambassador.” Coote’s first book The Melbourne Book: A History of Now is in its fourth edition after 12+ years in print, and has been dubbed ‘Melbourne’s Bible’.
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