Wednesday, August 6, 2008
How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Unlocking the mysteries of the rainforest by Adrian Forsyth - review
How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Unlocking the mysteries of the rainforest by Adrian Forsyth
What an interesting book! Forsyth, a senior biodiversity researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, explores relationships between animals and plants in rain forests throughout the world. He draws examples from his own travels and experiences, doesn't dumb down the botany for the young reader, and contextualizes his facts in a friendly, accessible way. The book even uses some of Forsyth's own photos.
What a shame about the design, though. Textbook-y and choppy, the design actually makes the photos and text appear to be generic, like placeholders. You'd have to be pretty committed to even give it a try.