Book review – Animal Kingdom Deluxe Edition by Millie Marotta

The quest to leaf through all of my collection for you guys continues with Millie Marotta. Millie Marotta has three books at the moment and fourth one coming in a month so what perfect time to go back to the beginning and look at her first book, Animal Kingdom. Mine is the Deluxe version since Bookdepository often has this on sale (also -40% at the moment) so it’s not that much more then the regular version but so worth it.

Details: Hardback, special edition, Pavilion Books, 2015
Pages: 250 x 250 x 30mm, 144 pages, good thick paper, single-sided
ISBN10: 184994329X
ISBN13: 9781849943291
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Animal Kingdom was the first book from Millie Marotta, first released in 2014, the paperback version is still widely available and reprinted, the paper of it is good and images are double-sided. The Deluxe version is hardback and looks incredibly fancy with its beautiful fabric covered covers and ribbons. I have two just because it’s so impressive, I keep one for gifting to someone who loves to color. I’m yet to figure out who that is but hey, it’s such a gorgeous gift, it can wait for the perfect recipient. I’m weird, I know.
Anyway, back to the subject, this book has images on one side only as you can see, the paper is very nice and thick, can take water (though don’t flood it, it’s not watercolor paper) and markers would be beautiful on this as well.
The images are of animals mostly, ofcourse, being Animal Kingdom. Millie Marotta has a very distinct style that you can recognize a mile away, the images are quite geometric and calm. I have a special attraction to the animals made up of leaves and flowers, I think that is a beautiful idea.
This book also has an insert on the back cover that holds a few extra loose pages. Some are repeats from the book but at least one of them is a unique picture. This will make gifting and framing easy for those that want to do that with their pictures. Also the Deluxe Edition is such a beautiful book, you can use it as a conversation piece on your coffee table as well if you so wish.
As you can see, I haven’t gathered up the courage to actually color something in it so I don’t have anything to show you here yet as a done piece. So I’ll just show you my favorite page that I’m wanting to do one of those days when I’m good enough (sorry, have to add the Millie Marotta text to avoid stealing the image):
fox copy

I really like this one, the Deluxe Edition for me is the way to go with this one. It’s just so beautiful. The paper is very nice, Inktense would work beautifully on it for instance and generally this is the kind of book that awakens my collectors instinct, I am a fan of illustrations with a distinct style, I collect regular books for illustrations as well sometimes (yes, Harry Potter with Jim Kay illustrations, looking at you). It’s a remnant of my lifelong dream to become an illustrator I suppose. But anyway, this is a book I will certainly keep in my collection.
I also have the other two and will be looking through those soon as well.

Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions


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