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Lesser Spotted Animals

Lesser Spotted Animals
Written and illustrated by Martin Brown
David Fickling £8.99
ISBN: 978-1910989562

Martin Brown is best known as the illustrator of the Horrible Histories series, but he is also an engaging writer and this splendid book makes an excellent read for primary school children. “Fed up with the same old animals?” asks the introduction. “Had enough of hippos? Bored with bears? Tired of tigers?” Martin Brown’s book looks at the kind of animals that never appear in the usual natural history books - for example, Speke’s Pectinator, the Numbat and the Lesser Fairy Armadillo all make an entertaining and informative appearance. Subtitled The Brilliant Beasts You Never Knew You Needed to Know About, this hilarious information book will both educate you and have you laughing out loud, at both the text and the illustrations. Even the glossary makes for a lively read. (8+)

Paul Dowswell

 

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