Bestselling illustrator Britta Teckentrup explores the world of fish in a sumptuously illustrated non-fiction book.
Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg, growing up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin's College and the Royal College of Art. Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling Big Smelly Bear, The Odd One Out and Grumpy Cat, which was selected by the Booktrust's Bookstart scheme - 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK. Britta has written and illustrated over 70 children's books which have been published in over 20 different countries. Her fine art work has been frequently exhibited at her London gallery and at art fairs all over the world. After 17 years in the UK - Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar.
This is the first in a series of non-fiction picture books by Britta Teckentrup for Big Picture Press, described as "non-fiction with spark and personality." Personally, I can't wait for the others if they're all as impressive as this which, knowing Britta Teckentrup's work, they will be. This is a large picture book with the most beautiful tactile cover, glinting with gold and literally covered with fish. it opens onto end pages busy with a myriad of fish. There are 12 double page sections, some interactive, which move logically from What is a Fish? to how fish and humans coexist. The colour palette is rich and jewelled, ranging from the yellow pop of the Bluestripe Snapper to the bioluminescent blue of the Spotted lanternfish. The language uses proper scientific terms which are clearly explained and the text has a lyrical quality, with a light touch and humour. Throughout the pages the fish swim around manageable chunks of information, nicely spaced across the page. Boys in particular will love the weird and surprising facts contained in this book and will have great fun spotting things on the page. Teachers will find plenty of inspiration for art and science activities. * Armadillo *