The Not Bad Animals encourages us to not be scared of animals, due to silly superstitions. It’s not their fault that spiders make us scream, mice make us jump on furniture or bats make us shudder, at the thought of them flapping around in our hair. Meet 30 critters to dispense false believes, with text to make you giggle, and a fact box for each misrepresented creature.
Animals Brag About Their Bottoms is a cheeky Japanese (translated) book for children, with a healthy dose of self-love thrown in. Meet hippos, zebras, pandas and mandrills, all with different reasons to love their behinds: from cute and round, to fashionable and striped.
This fun guide to Animal Anatomy by talented illustrator Sophie Corrigan, is the ideal way to learn about the creatures with which we share the earth. The charming illustrations and witty words feature fictitious (yet comically accurate) anatomical labels: from a tree frog’s ‘clingy jazz hands’ to a raccoon’s ‘sneaky bandito mask’. Rife with art, there are many interesting animal facts too, so you can learn as you smile. Ideal for all ages. Look out for her upcoming book Animal Bffs detailing surprising friendships like the plover bird who cleans a crocodile’s teeth!
- Whose Nose Do You Suppose? is an award-winning book for children to guess the animal, by looking at his or nose! Richly detailed with realistic illustrations of animals in their natural habitats: children can decide which animal each nose belongs to. Then learn facts on each animal species.
- Why Dogs Hump & Bees Get Depressed is by Marc Bekoff, the world’s top expert on animal emotions. Here he offers selected essays on the fascinating cognitive abilities of animals, along with their empathy, compassion, grief, humour and love. Humpback whales protect gray whales from attack, and rats and mice display empathy.
- Animal Tongues looks at the amazing ways that various creatures use their tongues: snakes smell with theirs, penguins use theirs to hang onto slippery fish, dogs use theirs to keep cool and giraffes twirl theirs around leaves, to pluck them from the highest branches.
- Animal Tails meets squirrels who balance with tails, rattlesnakes that use as warning, hippos that use them to flick poo, scorpions who use to inject venom, and birds that use them to show off!
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole France