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Camilla de la Bedoyere was a teacher for 10 years before she became a full-time non-fiction author. She studied Zoology and Geology at Bristol University, and has subsequently written or edited more than 250 books for children and adults, many of which aim to explain and explore the natural world and our relationship with it Camilla is a specialist literacy teacher at a London high school, developing reading skills and encouraging a love of learning through books.
Amazing True-Life Tales; Astounding Wildlife Facts | A mix of inspiring true stories and fascinating facts and information, all presented across bright, colourful pages with striking, atmospheric illustrations, this is a terrific book for anyone who loves animals. Amongst the animal heroes whose stories we hear are Balto, a sledge dog who helped deliver live-saving medicine in the Alaska winter; Wojtek, the bear who became a favourite with Polish soldiers in World War 2; and Machli, a tiger who fought with an enormous crocodile to save her cubs. There are lots more too, animals who were never given names but whose actions demonstrate incredible intelligence and resilience. As Jess French says in her introduction, there’s always something new to learn about animals, and this book proves that time and time again.
Stunning images from scanning electron microscopes give a close-up view of incredible minibeasts, revealing every hair on the back of a flea, the beautiful scales on a moth's wing, and the amazing compound eye of a fly. Discover what a fly likes to eat and how it digests its food or how a pond skater can skim across the surface of water. Learn how a colony of ants communicates, and find out if your garden might be home to the fastest beetle in the world.
Discover some amazing and unusual facts about monkeys in this imaginative book full of humorous scenarios that children can relate to. Using everyday activities as a comparison, children find out more about the lives of monkeys in the wild. Highly illustrated throughout with lively and colourful artwork that will appeal to young audiences.
Splash! Playing in water is great fun, for animals as well as humans, but of course there are other reasons for animals to go into water. Divided into four different sections – ocean, water-hole, river and pond – this book shows how different animals act in water and teaches young readers about the natural world. There are photos of kingfishers, dolphins, elephants, crocodiles and caimans, even an orang-utan. Simple, informative lines of text explain what the animal is doing and why. Some of the photos are simply stunning, and there’s lots of information here to intrigue young animal lovers. ~ Andrea Reece
This bright, attractive book, part of an innovative non-fiction series, imagines elephants in everyday situations to convey information about the animals in a clever and highly memorable way. For example, what would happen if an elephant went to school? Well, the library would be the best place for it as elephants need to raise their trunks and trumpet loudly to communicate. Children will learn a great deal from the book, not least the importance of asking ‘What if …’. ~ Andrea Reece
Large and extremely handsome, this book brings together a host of extraordinary creatures, past and present, on beautifully illustrated double page spreads. Prehistoric monsters share pages with their modern descendants, grouped under intriguing headings: Strange Spikes for example features a Styracosaurus from the Early Cretaceous period, alongside a Proganochelys from the Late Triassic, and a modern Thorny Devil. There are more than 250 creatures and each page presents new wonders and surprises. The layout, which has a real scrapbook feel, will encourage hours of browsing and could also inspire children to get out their pencils and start sketching the creatures. ~ Andrea Reece
An attractive picture book which is also a highly informative information book. It includes lots of fun questions about what a penguin might do if it suddenly turned up in the young reader’s world. How would a penguin swim in a swimming pool? Would a penguin be able to play football? What would a penguin eat if it came to dinner? How would a penguin sleep in a house? The answers are full of surprises all of which are entertainingly illustrated.
Could An Octopus Climb A Skyscraper will be sure to keep young readers entertained whilst also helping them to understand and retain animal facts. A fun and engaging introduction into the life of an Octopus. Following on from the popular What if a Dino series, QED is publishing four new titles on ocean animals: Could a Shark do Gymnastics? Could a Whale Swim to the Moon? Could a Penguin Ride a Bike? Could an Octopus Climb a Skyscraper?
This bright, attractive looking book takes a quirky approach to natural history. Colourful artwork and higgledy-piggledy type create outlandish scenarios to explore animal characteristics. Children will love the absurdity of questions such as ‘Could a shark do gymnastics?’ Or ‘What if a shark went to the dentist?’, but the answers are surprisingly informative, and memorable too. It turns out that sharks’ strong, bendy bodies are perfect for gymnastics – they can leap more than 2.5 metres, higher than any human. There’s a more conventional fact file at the end too, complete with smiling cartoon shark, pointer in hand! See the partner volume too Could a Whale Swim to the Moon? ~ Andrea Reece
Part of a fun and informative series (see also Could a Shark Do Gymnastics?) this book imagines a whale in some pretty bizarre situations: trying karaoke for example, and flying through the air strapped underneath an aeroplane! It’s a fun and clever way of demonstrating the whale’s size and other characteristics. As for the question, ‘Could a whale swim to the Moon?’ – the answer is yes: a blue whale will swim about one million kilometres during its lifetime, further than going to the Moon, and back. The pictures are bright and appealing, and the absurdity of the questions is bound to appeal to 6 – 8 year olds. ~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month A bumper book of stunning animal pictures classifying all kinds of creatures according to species, colour or habitat. Produced in a striking large format this also includes beautiful spreads of gorgeous animals in tens from 10-100. Lovereading comment.. Lead your child through an amazing menagerie of more than 300 lavishly illustrated animals, this fantastic collection introduces young animal lovers to new animals they may not be familiar with, whilst also helping with numeracy and adjectives. With beautiful illustrations covering mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, spiders and other invertebrates, there is something to engage and delight your child on every page.