Title: Audubon: On the Wings of the World
By Fabien Grolleau and Jérémie Royer
Published in Australia by Walker Books
RRP: $29.99 (AUD)

Set in the 1800s, this is the story of John James Audubon. Audubon has a passion for birds, observing them, being amongst them and most of all, illustrating them. When he is faced with bankruptcy he leaves his wife and children to discover the bird life of America. His adventures are dangerous and he meets many different people, and creatures.

This large format, beautifully presented graphic novel charts the life of John James Audubon during his time in America. Inspired by Audubon’s writings, creators Grolleau and Royer advise this book “should be read as a more ‘romanticised’ version” of his life. Romanticised it may be, it is also a beautiful book to hold and to read. There is a portrait of Audubon in the back of the book with a biography. Included also are some of his illustrations, exquisitely beautiful.

This graphic novel is an absolute treasure for lovers of history, science and wildlife. The graphic novel style brings to life Audubon’s adventures and his good times and bad. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to Walker Books for supplying this book for review.