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Illuminature

Explore ten of the world's most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.

Discover the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, whose super-sensory powers allow them to live and survive in the shadows, then switch the lens to step into daylight, where the heat of the sun supercharges the secret lives of creatures big and small. Finally, use the third lens to reveal the luscious plant life of every habitat as you travel through a jungle, a reef, grasslands, woodland and uncover a world that never sleeps with Milan-based design-duo, Carnovsky.

With three layers of artwork to discover hidden within every image, this book can be revisited again and again, providing hours of independent learning and entertainment about the wonders of the natural world. 

  • Hardcover
  • 64 pages
  • Ages 8-11

 Praise:

Viewed through colored filters, apparent jumbles are transformed into 10 natural habitats and select gatherings of native animals.For each of the locales—a redwood forest, the Ganges River basin, Loch Lomond, the Apo Reef in the Philippines, and more—a large wordless spread is sandwiched between a colored introductory opening with brief descriptive notes and a monochrome visual key with information about 18 wild residents. The illustrations that cover the colored spreads are made up of flora and fauna drawn with precise naturalism using one of three distinct palettes—predominately red, or green, or blue—and superimposed. To the naked eye the scenes look like garish tangles of vague shapes, but peeking through the three tinted windows in a viewer drawn from a front pocket separates the layers: into nine-member galleries of diurnal and nocturnal (or crepuscular) animals for red and blue respectively; and expanses of thick foliage or coral with green. As the author neither identifies nor describes any of the flora on view, the focus is less on natural history than on the visual trick—but the transformations seem almost magical, and young viewers will be slow to tire of switching the pictures back and forth. Limited as a source of information but packing a big visual wow factor. (Informational picture book. 8-12) — Kirkus Reviews

Readers travel to 10 striking natural habitats—including the Congolese rainforest, Andes Mountains, redwood forests of North America, and the Philippines's Apo Reef—in this dynamic interactive book, which comes with a viewing lens featuring transparent red, green, and blue panels. Intricately detailed, overlapping images of the local flora and fauna are printed in magenta, yellow, and cyan, causing dramatic transformations in each spread, depending on which lens readers look through: the red lens makes diurnal animals appear, the blue lens reveals nocturnal and crepuscular animals, and the green lens illuminates plants and landscapes. Seeing each scene transform is a wonder (the blue lens, in particular, creates a real sense of night descending on each page), while introductory paragraphs and interstitial spreads offer a concise overview of the ecosystems and the creatures that inhabit them. Ages 8–12. (Nov.) — Publishers Weekly

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