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The Magnificent Book of Animals

Illustrated by Val Walerczuk
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The Magnificent Book of Animals showcases fascinating mammals from around the world with colorful, oversized illustrations and captivating facts.

Wild and wonderful mammals are everywhere--in the mountains, across the savanna, on the frozen tundra, and high in the trees. The Magnificent Book of Animals features oversized pages with detailed full-color illustrations of 36 of the world's most majestic mammals, including giant pandas, African elephants, polar bears, and ring-tailed lemurs. Concise facts highlight each animal's unique behaviors and abilities, and fact boxes allow the reader to compare each animal's size, habitat, life span, and diet. Rich, authentic illustrations will capture the reader's interest in the magnificent animals that live all across the world.

Tom Jackson has been a writer for more than 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.

Val Walerczuk is a professional artist with international experience in Poland, the United States, Germany, and now the UK. He has attended a few schools of art, but believes that being primarily self-taught has enabled him to succeed. His passion is the creation of all kinds of illustrations, photographs, and artworks with accuracy and attention to detail, and he believes that anything is possible when it comes to creating art. Val lives in London.

"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)

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