Life-Size Zoo – Ed. Teruyuki Komiya, photographs by Toyofumi Fukuda, Japanese text by Makiko Oku, English translation by Kristin Earhart
This oversized picturebook takes you up close and personal with zoo animals through photography, cartoons and fact-filled sidebars. Learn about each creature and see it at life size!
I was lucky enough to meet with some guys from Seven Footer Press at Book Expo, and they kindly gave me samples of a couple of their new books brought over from Japan. My favorite of them, Life-Size Zoo, is both beautiful and hilarious at once. The photography is absolutely stunning, and so huge that you can’t help but feel you’re standing right next to the animals. Each page has its own color-coded sidebar with adorable and bizarre informational cartoons, and I particularly enjoyed the little section at the top of each sidebar with a silhouette of the whole animal to show you what bit of it is pictured in the photo. Every sidebar has a little bio of the animal, too, because they’re all inhabitants of the Tokyo Ueno Zoo. There are awesome fold-out pages, and a zoo map in the front of the book, and great endpapers…and overall it’s just a fab book. Well done, to everyone who made it happen! Five stars!