Botanicum – curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis


  Botanicum – curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, Big Picture Press, 9780763689230, 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Wow! What a beautiful book! “Botanicum” is a collection of plants- from the simple, first plants that ever existed to the complex and diverse plants we have on the earth today.  The illustrations are so colorful and vibrant with lots of detail.  Each illustration is numbered and goes along with a description of the plant.  The first plants are algae, bryophytes, fungi and lichens which we still see in the world today.  The book goes on to trees and their seeds, how they’ve survived or not survived through the years.  The book goes on to talk about the environment and how plant life is affected.  My favorite part is near the end- it’s the section with parasitic plants and carnivorous plants.  These have always been so interesting and I am glad that the curators included them.  Reading this book really is like reading through a museum.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing I didn’t like about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great book for those who love plants, nature, science, seeds- anything to do with botanicals.

Who should buy this book? Children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it? juvenile non-fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of Review:  3/21/2017

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