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The Katurran Odyssey: An Epic Adventure of Courage, Discovery, and Hope Paperback – Illustrated, 12 July 2019
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Terry Whitlatch is an accomplished, scientifically and academically trained illustrator who extensively studied vertebrate zoology and animal anatomy. Her work has appeared in various zoos and museums in the United States and she also illustrated and designed for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In a career spanning more than 25 years, Whitlatch has many projects to her credit, including Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope (Special Edition), Jumanji, Men in Black, Brother Bear, Dragonheart, The Polar Express, and Beowulf. For more than eight years, she worked for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and George Lucas's JAK Films.
- Publisher : Design Studio Press; 2nd ed. edition (12 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 188 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1624650430
- ISBN-13 : 978-1624650437
- Dimensions : 25.15 x 1.52 x 27.94 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 438,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The gorgeous illustrations, of course, have the most instant appeal. This is no thin picture book, but over 180 pages long and nearly every double page spread contains at least one delightful picture, filled with breath-taking detail. The turning of every page is a delight, and every time I study a picture there are new, exquisite details to be seen and more exotic creatures to be discovered. I just wish there was a list at the back or somewhere on the internet so that I could confirm my identifications of some of the more obscure species.
The story itself is equally delightful. It has a simple, fable-like quality that I enjoy immensely and matches well with the pictures. It tells the tale of Katook, a young lemur that is exiled from his troop for discovering what he shouldn't. He then sets out on an epic journey that takes him through a wide range of habitats and meets all sorts of quirky and intriguing characters, including Quigga, a somewhat arrogant Quagga. The two become good friends, and the ending hints at more to come.
This is a book I would dearly love to read aloud (had I anyone to read it to). Children today need more tales like this - a beautiful book, a charming story and some powerful and important messages about friendship and family. It also brings awareness to some of the animals we have lost, and some that we will lose if we're not careful.
Everyone, young or old, that loves animals, NEEDS to own this book.
I'd reccomend this as another one of the great timeless children's books- kid's will get a kick out of it, most obviously, and I have no doubt in my mind that adults will start putting their kids to bed early just so they can start leafing through the durned thing! Each page is a visual feast by all means, and the obvious dedication and affection that has gone into this book is simply breathtaking. I tire quickly of the innumerable children's books out there that patronize their young readers and honey-coat their animal stories with fluffy bunnies-that-don't-really-look-like-bunnies, and so The Katurran Odyssey is quite a breath of fresh air in comparison. As an illustrator at Rhode Island School of Design, this book has given me hope for my line of work all over again!
And c'mon- lemurs. You can't resist LEMURS...! Props to Terryl, David, Stephanie, and everyone else who contributed to this book... It's quite an achievement.