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Adrienne Barman spent her childhood in the highlands of Southern Switzerland and obtained her graphics diploma at Lugano. In 2001 she moved to Geneva, where she worked for five years with the collective SO2 Design while also working with Le Courrier. She also enjoyed being close to wildlife there. Since 2007 she has devoted herself to illustrating for publishing and press.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature’s Greatest Show-offs’ in glorious pictures it introduces over 600 different plants grouped together under all kinds of headings. There are some nice indoor plants under the heading ‘Air-fresheners’, a dramatic spread of ‘The Magical’ and some beautiful spreads of ‘The Ornamentals’. It’s a book that will whet any child’s interest in plants and excite them about the very many possibilities that they offer. There’s a useful index for helping readers revisit some of the amazing plants that have caught their eye. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018 Square by Mac Barnett A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman
Informative and fun, this book is filled with facts, creatures to colour in, 100 stickers and a double gatefold poster at the rear. Following the success of the stunning Creaturepedia, Adrienne Barman returns with this companion colour and activity book, bursting with rainy-day or any-day activities.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - March 2015 Book of the Month - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and incredible creatures which live all around the world. Grouped under unusual heading such as ‘The masters of camouflage’, ‘Our family friends’, ‘The poisonous’; ‘The snowy whites’ the book celebrates a host of animals some of whom are threatened with extinction. Details of special features and special characteristics are useful in helping to understand the import role each animal plays. ............................................ Reference books are enjoying a renaissance - Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom, and Lucy Letherland’s Atlas of Adventures are examples of beautiful looking books that inform and inspire in equal measure. Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman is another. This unusual guide to the animal kingdom groups creatures together under eclectic headings: so the pretty-in-pinks include the Elephant hawkmoth and Amazon river dolphin as well as the earthworm; there are a host of creatures in the show-off category, including the stickleback, which does a zigzag courtship dance, and the Red-capped manakin bird which moonwalks along branches to impress! Barman’s illustrations are bold and colourful and each is accompanied by a simple caption. ~ Andrea Reece