Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild (Hardcover)

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By Katie Cotton, Stephen Walton (Illustrator)
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Counting Lions is a large-format picture book that would not be out of place on a coffee table. The illustrations are meticulous photo-realistic pencil drawings of animals, starting with one lion and going through to ten zebras. There is an astonishing level of detail in the art, which allows us to stare down a lion, get close to gorillas or feel the restless energy of macaws. The text is a series of short poetic descriptions of the animals, which also contains a surprising amount of detail. Counting Lions could be a counting picture book for kids, which is where you'll find it shelved; but it would also be a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any lover of animals or fine art. -- Clare D.

— From Beautiful Gift Books - Holidays 2015


A spectacular, visually stunning celebration of wildlife—and gentle counting book—that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures—lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras—startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. A poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise and a reminder that these animals must be cherished and protected.

About the Author

Katie Cotton studied English at Oxford University and worked in education before becoming a writer and editor of children's picture books. She lives in London.

Stephen Walton is a self-taught, award-winning artist who works at Bury Art Museum in Manchester, U.K. He lives in England.

Praise For…

Arresting charcoal portraits of endangered animals, drawn in near-photographic detail, command attention in this counting book...Endnotes offering information about the animals and their endangered statuses conclude this powerful tribute to vulnerable creatures.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Walton’s photo-realistic charcoal portraits are exquisitely rendered, and the decision to depict several from a head-on perspective ensures that readers will make direct eye contact and empathize with these creatures...this handsome offering makes an excellent introduction to this topic.

A large part of its allure relies on its large size and the conscientious design of the pages...It's beautifully executed.
—Kirkus Reviews

A stunning portrait of beautiful creatures in a book with a strong environmental message.
—School Library Journal

A profound and transfixing look at the endangered animal residents of our world.
—USA Today
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763682071
ISBN-10: 0763682071
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Pages: 40
Language: English