Animal City by Joan Negrescolor


I’ve never seen a picture book quite like Joan Negrescolor’s Animal City, and I mean that in a good way!

Animal City is based on a fascinating premise – what if nature took over a city once populated by humans, turning it into a jungle? There are no people here other than Nina, a little girl who visits the city to see her animal friends and read stories to them. They all like different tales: ‘The flamingos like myths and legends about gods, dragons, and beasts with seven heads’, for example. But the story they like best is this one, featuring themselves, Nina and the city ‘where nature now runs wild’.

You’re diving into a world of colour when you open this book.

The text is sparse and the story isn’t exactly edge-of-your-seat exciting, but that’s not the point. There’s a magical, dream-like quality to the illustrations and narrative which makes this very appealing and extremely re-readable.

An enchanting story with some of the boldest and most beautiful illustrations I’ve ever seen in a picture book.

[Book supplied by the publisher for possible review on MyBookCorner, according to our policy. We review the books we love.]


Joan Negrescolor
Joan Negrescolor
Chronicle Books

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