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The Magnificent Book of Animals Paperback – May 1, 2017
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"From the enormous African elephant to the bitsy bush baby (which, at eight inches tall, is about half the size of this large-format book), this entry in the Magnificent Books series introduces readers to 36 of the world’s mammals. After an overview of mammals’ common characteristics, pages unfold in a series of dazzling double-page spreads. Ranging from downright endearing (baby grizzlies hum while drinking their mother’s milk) to irresistibly bizarre (startled dromedaries "may spit . . . stomach juices" at a threat), Jackson’s bulleted text offers a compelling, if quick, glimpse into showcased mammals’ habits and histories. Accented by Walerczuk’s impressively lifelike illustrations, inset “fact files” (boxed summaries of each animal’s habitat, length, weight, life span, and diet, complete with to-scale diagrams), and concluding world map, this is an introductory volume as entertaining as it is eye-catching."
— Briana Shemroske, Booklist (Advanced Review/Uncorrected Proof)
About the Author
Tom Jackson has been a writer for 20 years. He has written more than 100 books and contributed to many more, covering everything from axolotls to zoroastrianism. His specialties are natural history, technology and all things scientific. Tom studied zoology at Bristol University and has had spells working in zoos and as a conservationist. He’s mucked out polar bears and fed the penguins, planted trees in Somerset, surveyed Vietnamese jungle and rescued wildlife from drought in Africa. Writing jobs have also taken him to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the coral reefs of Indonesia and the Sahara Desert. Today, Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children, and can be found mostly in the attic.