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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

The Amicus Book of ABC
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The Amicus Book of ABC

9781681525686
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates the letters of the alphabet with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of Animals
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The Amicus Book of Animals

9781681525709
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar animals associates their behaviors with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of Colors
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The Amicus Book of Colors

9781681525716
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates colors with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of 123
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The Amicus Book of 123

9781681525693
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates counting with simple descriptive language to foster number recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of Nature

The Amicus Book of Nature

9781681527598
Isobel Lundie

What is nature? From the flowers and trees to the animals of the forests and oceans, it’s everything on Earth—even you! This collage-illustrated board book introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the beauty of nature around them.



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The Amicus Book of Bugs

The Amicus Book of Bugs

9781681527604
Isobel Lundie

Flying bugs, crawling bugs, jumping bugs — what little critters do you see? From dragonflies to spiders, from grasshoppers to caterpillars, this collage-illustrated board book introduces toddlers and preschoolers to a wide variety of insects and other crawling creatures they might see in the garden.



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The Amicus Book of Animal Homes
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The Amicus Book of Animal Homes

9781681527574
Isobel Lundie

Where do animals live? What kind of homes do they build? From hives to webs, from dams to nests, this collage illustrated board book introduces toddlers and preschoolers to a wide variety of animal dwellings.



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The Amicus Book of Earth
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The Amicus Book of Earth

9781681527581
Isobel Lundie

Travel the world in a book, and what will we see? From ocean to city, from forest to sky, this collage illustrated board book shows toddlers and preschoolers the beauty of the Earth.



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The Amicus Book of ABC
9781681525686
The Amicus Book of Animals
9781681525709
The Amicus Book of Colors
9781681525716
The Amicus Book of 123
9781681525693
The Amicus Book of Nature
9781681527598
The Amicus Book of Bugs
9781681527604
The Amicus Book of Animal Homes
9781681527574
The Amicus Book of Earth
9781681527581

The Amicus Book of . . .

Unique collage art using recycled maps and marbled papers illustrates these gorgeous board books, while descriptive text and sound effects give young ones additional ways to explore. Perfect for igniting little ones' curiosity, these board books make an engaging one-to-one story time read.

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Complete Series of 8: your price $75.92

READING LEVEL: GRADE K AND UP
  • Format: Board Book

  • Pages: 10

  • Trim Size: 5.9" x 5.9"

Kirkus - The Amicus Book of ABC,
October 15, 2018

“A collage-based approach to the ABC’s. In both this book and the co-published The Amicus Book of 123, Lundie couples expertly rendered graphic collage with onomatopoeia-packed text to introduce children to the alphabet and counting, respectively. The illustrations in these books are particularly impressive, featuring layers and textures that make the images bounce off the pages: The jar of ‘jelly’ has satisfying globs of strawberry goo surrounding an octagonal jar. While the pictures in ABC are child friendly—including a friendly dinosaur, a goofy-looking goat, and a kite that swishes across the page—the images in 123, which include a fried egg and house plants, feel more adult. In both books, small missteps, such as choosing ‘ship’ for S in ABC, thereby using a blend instead of the phonetic sound, and placing six collaged bees atop a low-contrast waxy yellow background in 123 indicate a lack of familiarity with best practices for introducing children to letters and counting. Generally, though, the detailed pictures coupled with the verb-packed text in both books give readers a delightful feeling of motion, and the vocabulary and text are well suited to beginning readers who are just starting to recognize words and letters. With its companion, colorful, beautifully illustrated additions to the ABC and 123 shelves. ”

A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ Blog),
December 1, 2019

“Ah! Initially there was some fear that this would turn out to be yet another coffee table board book where the parents ooo and coo over the art and the babies would rather be chewing on the coffee table itself than read it. What Lundie does that stands out is engage in this delightful, chewy repetition that goes on with a lot of the people, places and things being featured. The artist, 'goes splat, splat, splat with my paint.' Jelly is, 'Yum, yum, so good in my tum.' And, yes, the art is magnificent. Not so high contrast that you’d use it with a very young child, but perfect for those squirmy one-year-olds at bedtime. Love it!”—Elizabeth Bird

Kirkus Reviews - The Amicus Book of Animals,
February 2020

“Meet a varied assortment of animals and learn a brief fact about each one. There’s no question that the collage-style art here is striking. Boldly clipped animals pose in a sophisticated, modern-looking palette of desaturated primary colors. Illustrator Lundie collages with innovative papers, including weathered graph paper, cardboard, and old maps. Put together, they create a deep, satisfyingly textured feel, as when an old map becomes a cragged iceberg behind aqua waves and a languid-looking narwhal. Textually though, the book flags. One-line factoids such as ‘Leopard: I’ve got too many spots to count’ are correct but bland. There’s no overt connection among the animals, which hail from many habitats, and their labelled sounds are random—why is the readily recognized toucan presented sleeping with a generic ‘zzzz’ noise? The end falls utterly flat, with a confusing raccoon page that suddenly breaks the predictable pattern by introducing a rhetorical question and a peculiar final page featuring a reprisal of all the animals making their strangely chosen sounds: ‘Oh no! It’s all of us. What a terrible noise!’ A companion book on colors features the same lively art but the same dull, nonsensical statements (‘Pink is a pretty color’); at least the ending, which asks readers to identify all the colors, is less strained. Extra-thick cardboard pages will hold up to multiple reads. Handsome but odd.”

Kirkus Reviews - The Amicus Book of Animal Homes,
October 2020

“Ten homes for 10 animals—just right to intrigue little naturalists. Extra-thick, sturdy board pages are easy to turn. The text on each page uses a predictable format. The name of each home is printed in a large font, followed in smaller type by a simple declaration of who lives there, with the name of the animal slightly enlarged: “A dam is for beavers!” The text accompanying the final illustration of “a house…for people” adds a follow-up question—“Where do you live?”—that opens the door to more personal reflection. Animals included seem to have been chosen arbitrarily; there is no clear connection among the animals except that they all have homes. Some, such as the hermit crab’s shell, are quite specific while others, like the mole’s tunnel, are rather vague. Stylized drawings of each animal in its dwelling offer a bit more information for children. Many readers will linger to study the richly textured collage illustrations executed using newspapers, maps, graph and other papers in muted tones. A sound or action word commonly associated with the animal shown is included in each picture: “Neigh!” is near two horses in a stable; “Twitch!” is the rabbit’s action; and “Bubble!” and “Gulp!” float near two of the fish swimming in a coral reef. The beehive, alas, is incorrectly depicted as a paper-wasps’ nest.  This simple yet sophisticated book should find a home on the board-book shelf. (Board book. 2-5) ”

School Library Journal—The Amicus Book of Earth,
November 2020

“Take a mini-tour around the world in this vibrantly collaged introduction to 10 different habitats. This diminutive board book covers the basics, like deserts and jungles, but also veers into less-well-traveled habitats, like “the poles” and “the skies.” On most pages, there’s the requisite representative animals and plants, such as a stylized lion in the “grasslands” or an assortment of trees in the “forest,” but in another departure, human activities (though no actual humans) are given space. There’s a page devoted to “cities,” and instead of the expected fish, “oceans” are filled with various jaunty ships. Elegantly collaged illustrations have a flat, contemporary feel to them; they are made of various textured papers in primarily matte, muted colors with a few richly colored highlights. Whether a noble deer strutting his stuff or a concerned adult tiger peeking at a precocious cub, the animals have whimsical faces and poses. While the art shines, however, the text is uneven. Repetitive exclamation points are wearing, and onomatopoeic words incorporated into the art vary from charming to confusing (“orbit!” isn’t really a sound). Most of the succinct tidbits of information, like “the poles are very icy and cold,” are clear, but some, like “the Earth is the third planet from the Sun,” are too nebulous for younger listeners to understand. Though the text sometimes stumbles, the art makes it an attractive addition to the habitat shelf. ”

A Fuse #8 Production—The Amicus Book of Colors,
December 2020

“Lundie has a style that reminds me not a little of the work of Carin Berger, what with her use of brightly colored cut paper. The book is as much a pleasure to look at as is it is to use with a kid learning their colors. And I don’t usually do this, but I think you have to take a look at how she makes shoes in this book. I want ‘em. Should a book be included here for including cute shoes? I sure as heck wouldn’t rule it out . . . ”—Elizabeth Bird

Foreward Reviews—The Amicus Book of Nature,
March 2021

“Delivering the message that nature is something that human beings are a part of, not separate from, this board book devotes its pages to facets of the natural world: a haughty buck shares the animals page with a grinning narwhal and a stunned raccoon; cephalopods drift beside a boat on the page for oceans; and children run and fly kites on a page celebrating “you.” Collage illustrations make use of maps and other found materials for their muted colors, making every page a visual feast. ”—Michelle Anne Schingler

Kirkus Reviews—Bugs, Nature,
April 2021

“Briefly meet nine different insect species (and one misplaced snail). Some big bugs are hiding inside this neatly packaged board book with diminutive trim! The refined insect collages fall into that optimal space between scientifically accurate yet stylized enough to be nonthreatening. Colors weave between luminous translucent wings, dazzlingly bright caterpillar and bee stripes, and earthy-colored bug bodies, all backed by minimal but evocative backgrounds, as with a fly hovering over silhouettes of stinky socks. Accompanying text identifying and providing a brief fact about the bug is succinctly accurate, but the choice of bolded word within the factoid feels arbitrary. In “a caterpillar munches leaves and makes itself a cocoon,” isn’t cocoon as relevant as leaves? Onomatopoeic words “flutter” or “crawl” unobtrusively about the outlines of the critters. A companion book, Nature, utilizes a daintier style of collage, creating delicate, intricately cut habitats. Unlike the laser-focused, zoomed-in Bugs, Nature takes a long view indeed, showcasing “rivers,” “oceans,” and the “universe” itself. This scope can feel grandiose, and the more-conceptual pages, like “seasons” or “weather,” could have used books of their own, although ending with “you” as an integral part of nature does ground it somewhat. Human characters, of whom the majority present as light-skinned, are the weakest part of Lundie’s collage work. A solid board-book introduction to insects. (Board book. 1-3) ”

Where the Board Books Are—Earth,
April 2021

“Happy Earth Day! Since I absolutely love all of Isobel Lundie's board books, I thought it only fitting to share this one with you on Earth Day. Lundie's collage illustrations use maps, newspaper and graph paper, paired with other earth-toned papers to create a truly eye-catching and creative set of illustrations. With just the right pinch of information for children in the 1-2 age range, The Amicus Book of Earth gives children a basic understanding of what jungles have, what grasslands are like, what wetlands are like, that cities come in all different sizes, that oceans cover most of the earth's surface, and that desserts can either be hot or freezing. Enjoy! ”—Kelsey Marie Paff