I had a lot of fun reviewing five terrific oversized books for this weekend’s New York Times, all perfect holiday gift possibilities. A few excerpts below with the complete reviews available for reading here.
Children are sure to return to the book [Oleg Konnecke’s The Big Book of Animals of the World] frequently to pore over and touch its chunky pages, then murmur the names of the different animals.
Starting with the movable gears on the cover, through pages featuring pop-ups and an ingenious variety of interactive experiences, this is as robust and inviting a physical book [David Macaulay’s How Machines Work: Zoo Break!] as you can possibly get.
The large size of the book [Jenny Broom and Kristjana S. Williams’ The Wonder Garden] makes it easy to imagine a group of children sprawled on the floor with it, oohing and aahing over the bright images, pops of electric color and clear, informative descriptions.
Is this, one wonders, the sort of book found at Diagon Alley’s Flourish and Blotts or in the Hogwarts library? … This gorgeous volume [J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone] is sure to please all, from Harry Potter neophytes to longtime fans.
… most young nature lovers, along with those with a yen for serious collecting, will relish this elegantly designed book [Gordon Grice’s Cabinet of Curiosities], with its surfeit of spectacular images.