James Boast is a freelance illustrator based in London. Once Upon a Jungle is James' first picture book. With a distinct, playful style, James has worked with a variety of clients, including the Guardian, New York Times, and Monocle Magazine. When he isn’t creating beautiful artworks, James indulges his other passions for global travel and food.
Visually stunning, this book vividly demonstrates the circle of life. Once upon a jungle, it begins, marched some ants … The busy ants fall prey to a mantis, almost luminous even in the glowing greens of this jungle; next the mantis becomes a snack for a lizard which, in turn, is eaten by a monkey, and so on until a panther, at the end of its life, becomes a feast for a host of jewel-like beetles and is absorbed back into the forest floor to nourish new plants. The illustrations and simple text deliver a memorable description of the life cycle, supplemented by additional notes at the end which explain the food chain and its various participants in greater detail. The jungle is wild and brilliant in the illustrations and a spectacular gatefold brings all its colourful animals together in one breath-taking scene. ~ Andrea Reece