Author(s): Dan Kainen
Once before, we introduced a brand-new idea with a challenge: You wonÕt believe your eyes. The book was Gallop!, the technology was Scanimation¨, and the result was a bestseller. Now weÕre back with another dazzling idea, and this time for the whole family: The book is Safari, it uses never-before-seen Photicular technology, and the result is breathtaking.
Safari is a magical journey. Readers, as if on safari, encounter eight wild animals that come alive. Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. ItÕs mesmerizing, as visually immediate as a National Geographic or Animal Planet special.
Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. ItÕs the romance of being on safariÑand the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motionÑ in a book unlike any other.
An imaginative interpretation of the real thing. Audubon magazine"
Dan Kainan is a New York inventor, artist, photographer, and industrial designer. An alumnus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he is equally at home in such diverse fields as fabric screen-printing, electro-optic and laser systems design, and commercial lighting design and manufacturing. His art has been exhibited in the Ronald Feldman Gallery in Soho, among other New York galleries and private collections, and his lighting designs have been marketed nationwide. In the 1980s he started experimenting with holography, and then integrated images. This led to three patents in that field, the latest of which is the basis for his Photicular books. Carol Kaufmann, a former staff writer for National Geographic, and, as one might imagine, is extremely well-travelled. She's covered politics and presidential campaigns as well as archaeology, marine biology, and cultural anthropology stories all over the planet. Carol's writing has appeared inReader's Digest, where she was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post, George, and in the anthologyA Woman's Europe.