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Winner: Green Book Festival Award for Animals
Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: Best Books Book Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award for Travel/Essay
Finalist: Nautilus Award for Animals/Nature
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 "Green" Book

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Writing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents was quite the experience! I devoted each chapter to a different continent, plus Central America.
 
My process for creating the book was to go on an adventure; write the chapter; and then head out again. In all, my travels spanned three-and-a-half years, and my writing and research time totaled more than twelve thousand hours!
 
Here's where I went during my travels: Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).
 
Since I was essentially writing the book "live," one of my trepidations was that a trip might turn out to be boring. If that happened, would I have to subject my readers to a snoozer of a chapter? Fortunately, something exciting and magical happened on every adventure!
 
Something else magical has happened: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has become a book with a life of its own. After the print edition came out in 2007, it won six national awards. That led to a live, multi-media version of the book, called Around the World in 90 Minutes. I have been performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges and other venues since late 2007. My show is still going strong. If I'm in your area, I hope you will check it out--you'll have a blast. You can find my tour schedule on Amazon's Marty Essen page.
 
Finally, December 2012 marked the release of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on Kindle. A Kindle release wasn't part of the plan, but after purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite for myself, I fell in love with the format. I found that I could read much longer without eyestrain and loved that I could read late into the night, with the lights out. Encante Press did a great job of reformatting my book for Kindle, and it still includes all of the photos people ooh and aah about so often.
 
Whether you purchase the print or the Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I thank you. And I hope to see you at one of my live shows soon!
 
 
P.S. If you bring your book to my show, I will be happy to sign it for you. If you have the Kindle version, I usually have bookmarks or other goodies with me that I can sign for you instead.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 455 pages
  • Publisher: Encante Press, LLC (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977859975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977859979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading Marty's book on Kindle, and I loved it! There were several terrifying moments that really made me admire the couple's courage. Marty's humor made me laugh out loud in some spots, and his writing style is a pleasure to read. I could never contemplate most of the adventures they undertook, but he made me feel like I was there--able to see, hear, and enjoy it all without the risk and the danger. Even an arm chair adventurer like me could enjoy the experience of a lifetime through Marty's delightful book. The photos were marvelous and were an integral part of the journey. Thanks so much for a wonderful ride!
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A delightful, extremely well-written and laid-out romp through the continents. It is evident that the author loves and respects all creatures with maybe two exceptions: His house cat and Mildred - the traveler from hell. Maybe three, if you count George W. Bush.

I expected slithery, slimy, crawly things-and got them-but in a way that was not only educational but fun and actually page-turning. Marty Essen not only looked for venomous snakes (his passion) but imagined himself (in Never-Cry-Wolf-fashion) running with the caribou way up north in the Klondike.

To boot, his intrepid, water-loving wife was game for anything. Though I had some doubt when I read that "she ran into the cold river, wallowed in the mud until her backside was all black." Oh, wait! I must have been distracted. Kate was the dog! There are some tender moments with Annie (also a dog), as well as Deb (that's the wife).

A wonderful reading experience. Don't let the high page-count scare you off. Traipsing through the thicket of seven continents does take time, and patience, and love for our planet; as well as courage.
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Marty did a super job of taking you along to every continent, every mud puddle, every
sighting of every animal,bird,snake, and camp site..Read the book,you will have fond memories of every continent you visit from your comfortable recliner.
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I have had this book (softcover) for about 5 years or so. A really good book. Just got the Kindle edition and will be reading it one more time. Not your usual travel book. Much, much better. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
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This was definitely a four and a half star experience! Marty Essen presented an entertaining and educational travelogue that both charmed and educated the reader. This book was well written with apparent enthusiasm. Definitely recommend.
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A great read. The personal, casual tone let me feel like I'm vacationing right along side the author and his wife! If you wish you could go on exotic adventures, grab this book and set out on a whole lot of them!
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I was keenly disappointed in the lack of pictures by this photographer/writer. The writing was excellent but there were a few pics in the front of the book and none in the body of the book. I expected a visual as well as verbal travelogue and I did not get it and so it is for that reason I give the book just 4 stars. I suggest to the author to pull the book and add way more pics to it, I know that you have them after traveling for 3 years to write the book.

His liberal political insights were an annoyance as I am a very staunch conservative, but not so much that I did not enjoy reading the book. Great job on the writing though.
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Being an animal caretaker for a local wildlife rescue group, I naturally fell in love with this book. How I wish I could undertake a similar adventure but my commitment to animal care prevents that. Fortunately, Marty Essen has allowed me to live out that dream vicariously.
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