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Film maker and debut author Justin Anderson has eighteen years of documentary experience working for the BBC. He presented an acclaimed radio documentary for BBC Radio 4, where he tracked arctic wolves across the frozen wastes of Canada. He went on to direct the Mountains episode for the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning Planet Earth II series, filming across the globe from Ladakh and Everest, in the Himalaya, to the remote mountains of Peru. You can follow Justin on Twitter under the handle @JustinFAnderson. He lives in Bristol. Illustrator Patrick Benson has won many awards for his work, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. His picture book Owl Babies is a modern classic and has sold over two million copies worldwide. His other work includes artwork for The MinPins by Roald Dahl, The Little Boat by Kathy Henderson, The Sea-Thing Child by Russell Hoban and Soon by Timothy Knapman. He lives in Scotland.
Justin Anderson is a film maker who has been involved in high quality film production for the likes of Planet Earth II in his 18-year career of filming wildlife for the BBC. This book is born from his passion to share his fascination with the snow leopard – one of the creatures on the Red List of endangered species – the snow leopard is listed as ‘vulnerable’. This is a very simply told tale of how Anderson went looking for snow leopards and what he saw, but the strength of the book lies in the “footnotes” and the glorious illustrations by Patrick Benson. Benson is a multi-award-winning illustrator, known for the realism of his illustration – the almost photographic detail, rendered in such a simple palette with detail that makes you think you might actually be able to stroke the leopards (If you dare!). The “footnotes” are details about the leopards, in a different font on the relevant page of the book, so that the reader has good quality information to support the simple story – telling us more about the mysterious creature. For instance, I had no idea snow leopards sang in the moonlight – did you? The final spread of the book is devoted to a page of information about snow leopards, where you find more information about them and that ever important short index making the book useful and accessible for information retrieval. A useful and beautiful book.