Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 1 of 24 Days of Books: Safari

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Broadway Books' 24 Days of Books! In this daily blog series, we hope to give you some ideas for gifts for family and friends. Some of the books will be books you've likely heard about or read about, but we also hope to introduce you to some "sleepers" that you might not be aware of. This year we're mostly going to group our books by themes, and present to you multiple options each day. But today we're going to talk about just one book, and it is quite the special book.

Safari is a Photicular book of eight African animals, presented with an amazing new technology. With Carol Kaufmann's text and Dan Kainen's photography and illustrations (and the technology behind the book), readers can experience an African safari. Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, and mesmerizing visual experience: The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. The zebra walks stately across the page -- and more.

Kaufmann opens the book with a recounting of a safari to Kenya's Masai Mara reserve, then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. Previous books employing a similar technology (scanimation) -- Gallop! Waddle! and Swing! -- were designed for younger readers (although the Star Wars and Wizard of Oz scanimation books crossed over to include older readers as well). But Safari is a book for all ages.

The book, published by Workman Publishing, is only $24.95 and has been flying off our shelves, as it makes a wonderful gift for people across the spectrum of reading levels and interests. It is a remarkable book that must be seen to be appreciated -- you'll find it right on our front counter. Books like this have a tendency to run out of stock near the end of the holiday season, so don't put off buying it if it seems like the right gift for someone(s) in your life.

As always, you'll find many more great gift ideas in our Holiday Books guide, available at our store. See you soon!

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