Kunal Kundu is an award-winning visual artist who likes to experiment with various styles. He first discovered his signature style in crumpled paper art sculptures when his son, barely a year old, was playing with waste paper sheets. Kunal creates his art by first shaping paper and then later superimposing them on digital environments, describing the process like gesture drawing as a paper sculpture. He lives in Kolkata, India.
Motivate future wildlife conservationists through this series of striking images depicting endangered and at-risk species from around the world. It's a stunning visual blend of art, nature, and zoological facts, with northern white rhinos, snow leopards, and vaquitas sculpted from paper using an original crumpling technique created by author and illustrator Kunal Kundu. Shown in dramatic light and color and at home in their jungles, mountains, and oceans, each animal is introduced with an accompanying informative note. * <b>Foreword Reviews</b> * While there are plenty of picture books introducing readers to endangered animals, the illustrations in this one make it stand out. Author/illustrator Kundu uses crumpled paper to form the animals and then places them within digital environments and photographs the whole. The results-such as an eastern imperial eagle that soars through amber skies and a bulky polar bear on a floe-are striking. * <b>KIRKUS REVIEWS</b> * Kundu offers a noteworthy introduction to unusual and often-endangered wildlife. The illustrations, which feature crumpled paper art and digital backgrounds, glow with light and seem more three dimensional than is possible on a page... Each page spotlights one animal and provides a few compelling facts. A map showing the locations of each of the animals and a thorough bibliography are included. Kundu provides a work that is valuable as a picture book and as a resource about rare animal life. VERDICT This vibrant work examines 16 unique and endangered animals. Recommended both for its unconventional visual treatment and the fascinating information that complements the illustrations. * <b>School Library Journal</b> * This is for all animal lovers and budding conservationists, especially for those in elementary school grades 1-5. A great introduction to these animals to lead into doing further research. * <b>Youth Services Book Review</b> *