Book Review: Caught Creatures and Klawberry

>In this day and age of desktop publishing, it’s a rare thing to see something published outside of a standard book publishing company that doesn’t reek of amateurism. How refreshing it is, then, to see the work of Daniel Davis, an independent illustrator/author who has just self published his third graphically-intense book, After Halloween—an alphabet primer about what monsters do after their holiday, Halloween, is over.

Daniel has a great imagination and an ability to create fantastic creatures that are unlike anything you may already be familiar with.

In his first book, Caught Creatures, Daniel wrote haikus about various creatures his alter ego Duke Davis has caught. It was fun seeing how much could be done with the syllabic limitations of haikus, and the illustrations are very engaging and could each function as a separate piece of art in itself.

Caught Creatures being Daniel’s first undertaking, it was bound to contain elements that would serve as lessons for him in future books, and I can see a definite refining and improvement in his second book, Klawberry.

Klawberry is a tale of a girl who makes a remarkable journey of self-discovery. As in Secret Creatures, the story telling is done mostly in pictures, but unlike Caught Creatures, Klawberry is a complete narrative, whereas Caught Creatures has no over arching story, but is a mosaic made up of the haikus about each of the monsters.

I haven’t been able to pick up After Halloween yet, but it’s definitely on my list of things to get. Daniel Davis is a very talented artist, but more importantly, he has a uniquely creative artistic vision that has the refreshing potential to give us many things that we’ve never imagined before. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next!

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