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Kristjana S Williams is an Icelandic artist who studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins. She has worked as a Creative Director, but now creates fine art pieces, art prints, furniture and more with her own studio. Her work is renowned throughout the industry and she has won numerous awards including a D&AD award, Clio Award and a first prize at New York Festivals Grand Prix. She has previously illustrated The Wonder Garden for Wide Eyed Editions.
Award-winner Katherine Rundell has already taken readers on thrilling journeys over rooftops, across the Russian steppes and of course deep into the forest. She understands absolutely children's longing for wild adventure and no-one is better suited to write new stories for Kipling's Jungle Book characters. This very handsome book, which features beautiful colour illustrations by Kristjana S Williams, tells five different stories, and with each perfectly-imagined episode adds to what we love about Kipling's unforgettable characters, including Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan and Kaa. It opens too with a story about one of the most interesting characters, Mowgli's fierce wolf-mother Raksha, who has long deserved more time in the spotlight. These are stories of bravery and cunning, full of excitement and danger, but most of all they are stories of loyalty and community, and by the time they reach the end, readers will be daydreaming themselves into the jungle family. Mowgli links all the stories, and has his own of course, and is exactly the same impetuous, selfish, boasting but warm-hearted, generous boy drawn so vividly by Kipling. In fact the book does exactly what sequels should but seldom manage - it tells us new stories that grow out of the originals, and enhance and enrich them.
Winner of the English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2016 - Non-Fiction 7-11 category | Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books | One of our Books of the Year 2015 New from the company that brought you Creaturepedia and the Atlas of Adventures, this is another beautiful reference book that will cause readers to open their eyes wide in wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Step through those golden gates on the cover to enter five of Earth’s richest natural habitats: the Chihuahuan Desert, the Amazon Rainforest, the Black Forest, the Himalayan Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef. Each one is depicted in a vivid double page spread, crammed with examples of the animals and plants that make the regions special, while subsequent pages include close ups and written descriptions. Readers are addressed directly, instructed to watch for particular animals and to listen out for their sounds. It’s natural history but not as we know it: Williams plays with scale uses the startlingly bright colours of plants and animals to dazzle the eye. A wonder of a book indeed. ~ Andrea Reece
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