Sunday, February 19, 2012

Welcome to Death Valley - Book Review

Sunday February 19 2012

Artist and writer Janet Morgan, of Art & Adventures kindly sent The Raven her latest children's book,
"Welcome to Death Valley!"

The book is near and dear to The Raven's heart, not only because he's hiked and flown around Death Valley National Park, and ridden through parts of it on horseback, but Janet's story is told by Ravenna and Ramón, two Ravens who live in the park and who know all its secrets!

Through observant and clever Raven eyes, Ravenna and Ramón give us a guided tour, from the lowest point in Death Valley, Badwater Basin, the salty playa 282 feet below sea level, to the highest point, Telescope Peak, at 11,043 feet; past Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch, over the spectacular Sand Dunes, through Desolation Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, and Ubehebe Crater.

The Ravens also share other things not as well known: the secrets of the night life in the sand dunes; the special colors of Death Valley in different light; the geology of the mountains and alluvial fans and valleys and ancient waterfalls and lakes, now dry; and, in one of the hottest and driest places on earth, hidden oases with precious water.

Janet has created art around the world and spent much time exploring Death Valley and visiting with Ravens. Her bright and colorful illustrations demonstrate the beauty of Death Valley that the Ravens live in and see every day.

It's not just a children's book. It's also a Raven book, and it's a collector's work of art!

See Janet's website, or order her book, "Welcome to Death Valley!" at


  1. We love the book! Now we just have to gather the grandkids to see the Valley in person!

  2. This is an amazing book of artwork and natural geography education. The fantastic perspective of the ravens really captures the imagination. I bought an extra book for my nephew, who loves drawing. He was immediately inspired to draw things from different animals' perspectives.

  3. This is a beautiful book, for children and adults alike, full of facts, interesting information, and fantastic drawings and paintings. The paintings fill the page so that my husband and I often found ourselves gasping as we turned the page; seeing the next painting akin to seeing the view in person in Death Valley itself. And the Raven narrators, appearing in drawings on each page, engage the reader in a fun and human way. We bought a copy for another Raven fan too.

  4. Most beautiful, colorful pictures fill the pages and amazement fills the text.