Publisher – Hardie Grant
Pages – 96
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I’ve been excitedly awaiting this release ever since it was announced – so imagine my joy when it was delivered 3 weeks early!
It is incredibly similar to the first book – same size at 21cm x 26cm and 96 pages. This makes a nice size for storage and transporting.
The spine is glue and string bound, meaning it can stand up to quite a bit of wear and tear without any loosening pages!
The cover is primarily white, with green and black representations of the images inside.
Images are double sided, which is a shame, but the paper is quite thick. I had no bleeding or shadowing with water based markers or fineliners, and no issues with pencil marks.
Some images do enter the spine, but I’ve found that the spine is quite pliable, enabling you to get to the entirety of the image.
One handy feature is the last 16 pages of the book – these contain full colour concept art and stills to inspire you and allow you to see the original ideas for these creatures.
One of my favourite parts of the Harry Potter books is the descriptions of all the marvellous creatures in the scenes. So I had high expectations of this book! I wasn’t disappointed.
The images are a variety of styles, drawn by different artists. These styles are obviously different between the pages, but the creature theme means that the book remains consistent.
The assortment of creatures surprised me – I was expecting mostly pages of Fluffy, Fawkes and mer people. These are represented, of course, but so are so many others. Hungarian horntail, Pygmy puff, Aragog, The Monster Book Of Monsters, Thestrals, Hippogriffs and so much more.
Images themselves are an array. There are scenes from the movies, portraits, characters with patterned backgrounds, concept imagery and more. There is a mixture of double and single spreads – equally distributed between the two.
The line work varies quite a lot due to the various illustrators, with some images having thin lines, some having thick. Most of the images are moderate thickness, which is a nice consistency.
Intricacy varies quite a bit, ranging from quite intricate patterns to reasonably simple portraits and drawings.
If you’re a Harry Potter or fantasy fan, this book will most likely put a smile on your face. The variety of creatures and styles makes it easy to find an image to suit my mood and concentration level.
It’s a fantastic book for feeling anxious – the combination of a story and animal imagery is very soothing.
The line consistency and intricacy does vary quite a lot, so if you are a person with a vision impairment or fine motor issues, please have a look at the images first. I think there is definitely something for everyone in this book though!
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