Ai Akikusa is a Japanese artist, illustrator, and picture books author based in Tokyo. She graduated from the Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University. After working at the Nakamori Design Office she is now working as a freelance artist. Some of her publications to date are as follows: Easy-to-use Coloring Pencils, Cute Animals with Coloring Pencils, Let's Go To the Zoo, Buk's Baby, Me and My Little Popofu, The Hairy One, Asahiyama Zoo, Parudemar the Bear, and Little Puddle.
This guide offers exercises and tips for rendering a wide variety of animals naturalistically in colored pencil. It is loaded with simple exercises that walk the reader through drawing all sorts of wild and domestic animals worldwide, pointing out the unique details of each along the way. The ideal audience for this book is older children and tweens, for whom its contents offer an educational aspect "each animal's Latin species and family name is supplied as well as information about its size. VERDICT This guide is best for younger readers, but their parents may be charmed by it as well. " Library Journal