How do animals live? What do they eat? Is a human being an animal? Children have all sorts of questions about animals, and in My Animal Book those questions are answered. A little girl named Koko helps children think about animals and make comparisons with their own lives. There are also three intrepid explorers who go on adventures to a variety of places to find out about different species. Young readers investigate each topic by playing and learning.
The book is energetic and bold in its illustration, with contributions from a variety of illustrators. It has a sense of humor, and its large format makes it feel friendly and approachable for children ages five and up.
OKIDO is an innovative group of London-based designers, illustrators, and authors who create an art-and-science magazine of the same name for young children. In spring 2015, their television show will air on the BBC. Author Sophie Dauvois is a scientist and teacher. Rachel Ortas is an illustrator and artist-in-residence at Central Saint Martins, London. Alex Barrow is the magazine’s art director.