Monday, June 5, 2017

Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum by Kathy Willis & illustrated by Katie Scott [Review & Giveaway - Open USA & CANADA]

My thoughts: This is a gorgeous book! It is a book jam-packed with such a plethora of information about plants from the tiniest to the largest, from above ground to those tucked away underneath rocks or soil. It is a treasure trove of botanical information for the young and young at heart.

The book is touted for those ages 8 to 12 but surely they can't mean that! This book is a treasure and plant lovers (and soon-to-be plant lovers) of ALL ages will find themselves immersed for hours observing the detail of these beautiful illustrations by Katie Scott and reading the explanations by Kathy Willis that is all about each particular plant.

Couched in the guise of a "night at the museum" or a "let's visit the museum" you are introduced to the plants as though you were on a tour of a lovely plant museum. The pages are laid out with just the right amount of information (don't forget, they said this is for those "tweens" you know, but hint-hint very busy adults will find that the amount of information is just right for them as well). The lay out is not so crowded that the reader is overwhelmed and is just right so that the fine details can be readily absorbed.

What Audubon did with his fabulous illustrations of the birds of the world, this book does for plants. This is a marvelous coffee table book and one that you will be proud to display. Great for home and all libraries - schools and public.

About the book: Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours.

ISBN: 9780763689230 - Ages 8-12
$35 US / $47 CAN
Hardcover 112 pages ~ Size: 11" x 14.9"
Picture compliments of Candlewick. Isn't it adorable! Just makes you want to go to your backyard
and see if you can find some of these fabulous plants!
From Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series, Botanicum, is a brilliantly curated guide to plant life. With artwork from Katie Scott of Animalium fame, Botanicum gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. From perennials to bulbs to tropical exotica, Botanicum is a wonderful feast of botanical knowledge complete with superb cross sections of how plants work.
Begins June 6
Ends June 27 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA & CANADA addresses.
NO P.O. BOXES, please!
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press on behalf of Big Picture Press and the author and illustrator to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given. Winner's copy is provided and shipped by Candlewick directly to the winner.


  1. I like all sorts of flowering plants, including marigolds.

    I like all sorts of trees, including maples.

    I would be happy to have the book "Raymond" by Yann and Gwendal Le Bec.

    I would be happy to see "Hattie & Hudson" by Chris Van Dusen reviewed.

  2. (1) One other picture book you would like to have - Honor Girl
    (2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera - Jabari Jumps

  3. 1) What is your favorite flowering plant? - Roses
    2) What is your favorite tree? Oak trees for the shade.

  4. My favorite flowering plant, no joke, is the dandelion. They're cheerful and grow everywhere, even weedy and neglected places, and they look like little suns. There's nothing more summery than a field full of dandelions in bloom. My favorite tree is weeping willow, for their grace and the way they move in the wind.

  5. My favorite flower is the Gladiola. I like a Maple tree.

  6. I would like the picture book. "Anywhere Farm". I would like "April Fools' Mr. Todd reviewed.

  7. My favorite flowering plant is snapdragons.
    My favorite tree is maple.

  8. Picture book I'd like to have is And Then Comes Summer.
    Picture book I'd like to see reviewed is Bee & Me.

  9. My favorite flower is the Bat Flower and favorite tree is a weeping willow.

  10. Gaillardia is my favorite flowering plant. My favorite tree is the Mimosa... lots of people think Mimosas are trash trees, but I love them and the way their leaves close up at night!!

  11. 1) Lotus is my favorite flower

    2) Tomato is my favorite tree

    Thank You

    Fiona N

  12. 1/ I would love to have the Home in the Rain

    2/ I would love to see review about the King of the Sky

    Thank You for the chance!

    Fiona N

  13. My favorite flowering plant is lisianthum.

    My favorite tree is a meandering oak in our park that my kids love to climb (not the type of generally oaks aren't my favorite, but that tree in specific).

    My favorite type of tree is dogwood.

  14. my favorite flowering plant are mums. and my favorite tree is a wysteria.

  15. I would like the Animalium picture book and would love to see it reviewed here. I think some scans from that book would make lovely nursery art.

    1. Watch for my review of Animalium because Candlewick has graciously agreed to a review & probably a giveaway 👍🤗

      Also..... "Can you let your reader know that we have an Animalium Poster Book for sale She doesn’t need to scan the original picture book. That poster book has pull out posters perfect for decorating nurseries, etc."a

      So check it out

    2. Thank you so much for replying!!! I will definitely check that out!

  16. I believe my favorites are one and the same - the bougainvillea captured my heart while living in the tropics! This book looks extraordinary! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

  17. 1. I want to be in a scary story
    2. hooray for fish

  18. I'm starting to get back into having and caring for plants, so this book is something I would like to check out.



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