Thousand and One Creatures

Thousand and One Creatures

Aino Järvinen & Laura Merz

Original Title
Tuhat ja yksi otusta
Published
Etana Editions, 2016
Genre
Non fiction
Pages
64
Rights Sold
Simplified Chinese
Latvian
English (North America)
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Thousand and One Creatures

Aino Järvinen & Laura Merz

Did you know that a giraffe’s poop falls from about three meters, or that it can clean its ears with its tongue? Or that an octopus has three hearts? Thousand and One Creatures is a wild non-fiction book about animals and creatures illustrated by Laura Merz and written by Aino Järvinen. Laura Merz dove into the world of animals to find not so obvious facts and used brushes, cardboard pieces and found wooden sticks to give texture, speed and character to the creatures. Illustrations selected for the Mikkeli Illustrations Triennale 2017.

 

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"This large format children’s book is an artwork in itself.” - Arja Kanerva, children’s book critic.

"In twisty free verse peppered with questions and startling facts, Järvinen and Merz ponder the qualities of 26 assorted creatures: “A blue-whale’s tongue weighs as much as an elephant!” A childlike wonder imbues each exploration, creating a shared sense of discovery (“Inside a squid beats three hearts./ What a special creature!”) as open-ended questions (“Can you use the squid’s tricks when you’re playing hide-and-seek?”) invite engagement. The inky menagerie, conjured from spots, smears, splotches, lines, and brushstrokes—a pooping rhinoceros with a windmilling tail, a wide-eyed whale surfacing for air, and sharp-toothed wolves lolling in packs—is a humorous visual delight. Together, they offer a joyous celebration of “the funny little miracle[s]” of nature, and the curiosity and creativity of one particular creature: “Its name is ‘human.’ ” — Publishers Weekly, Starred review

“Wielding crayons and broad, inked brushes, a Finnish artist offers freestyle images of 26 wild animals of land and sea…. [T]he overall effect is one of lively activity, with occasional surprises, such as a clump of sinuous, scary-looking jellyfish on a vivid blue background—think H.P. Lovecraft à la Henri Matisse.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The text is a bit playful, which is great and makes this so much more interesting than a dry textbook…. The illustrations are a treat …. This is a wonderful way to let young readers learn more about some well-known and lesser known creatures in our world in a way which entertains and delivers information at the same time.… It would make a great read-aloud and [would] definitely open up some fun discussions.” —Tonja Drecker, Bookworm for Kids
Awards
White Ravens 2017

Selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna 2019