If kids had coffee tables, Joelle Jolivet's Zoologique would be the must-have large-scale volume to place on view. But, measuring just under 18 inches tall, this book is more than a pretty accessory.
It is intended for children ages four to eight, however, some younger book enthusiasts adore it and adults appreciate Jolivet's crisp graphic prints. Functioning like an alternative to a traditional encyclopedia of animals, it groups creatures in categories such as Spots and Stripes, Large and Small, Horned, Black-and-White, and Feathered. (Jolivet also inserted throughout the pages an obscure chameleon for younger kids to find.) There is no story, but there is a section of notes that grownups may reference for brief facts about the animals.
Unlike the editions we adults have on our wishlists, Zoologique retails for less than $20. It's definitely on my list of things to pick up this week for a first birthday. Visit Barnes & Noble or Amazon for info on the English version.
Related surfing: France's National Museum of Natural History.
Images above ©Joelle Jolivet