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Invented by Animals

Written by Christiane Dorion

Illustrated by Gosia Herba

Part of the Designed by Nature Series

Key Stage 2 The Natural World Non-Fiction

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Winner of the Blue Peter Awards 2022 Best Books with Facts

An international best-seller, translated into 25 languages Often human scientists try and solve a problem or invent a new tool and they realise that animals have already invented it for them. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.


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Commenting on why she writes children’s books Christiane Dorion, author of Invented by Animals, said: “As a child, I loved being in nature and was always interested in how things work. Books helped me to understand the world around me and made me even more curious. Books can be fun, informative and inspiring. They can change you and you can change the world. Books open your mind to new worlds and adventures. Today there is such a huge variety of fantastic books – fiction and non-fiction. My passion is to write about the wonderful planet we live on. I love writing books that you don’t necessarily have to read from beginning to end in one go. It’s nice to be able to dip in and out, look at the pictures and go for the bits of text that you find interesting.”

Gosia Herba, illustrator of Invented by Animals, said: “I've been a bookworm since I was a child. I believe that books helped me make my dreams come true. Thanks to them, I discovered art and eventually decided to become an illustrator. Books bring not only knowledge but also lots of fun, adventures and inspiration. Reading makes our lives fuller and happier! I am delighted! Thank you! It gives me faith in the purpose of my work. Drawing children books fulfils my life. When creating books, I'm always accompanied by the thought that my work will become part of another person's life. That's why I always try to develop friendly, inclusive worlds where every reader, young and old, will find a place for himself.  I'm glad to see the effort appreciated.”

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Invented by Animals Synopsis

We have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. Sometimes when a human inventor gets stuck, they come to the animal kingdom to see if we can help them out.

In this book you will meet the creme de la creme of animal innovators who have created or are in the process of inventing things that people use every day. Meet the shark who invented a pair of swimming shorts so fast, they were banned from the Olympic games. And meet the snail who has invented a house that stays cool inside even in the desert.

Invented by Animals Press Reviews

'Packed full of information, it is extremely accessible and enticing, using humour and attractive illustrations to engage the reader from the moment they pick it up. [...] Completely absorbing, 'Invented by Animals' inspires a different way of looking at our amazing world!' - North Somerset Teacher's Book Award

'It's fascinating and educational, the animals featured are varied and there are plenty of 'wow, I didn't know that' moments to enjoy!' - Armadillo Magazine

'A real celebration of animals often being steps ahead of humans when it comes to technology. [...] This is another great non-fiction book from Wide Eyed which is fascinating in its own right but is also full of potential for curriculum work.' - Books for Topics

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711260658
Publication date: 17th December 2021
Author: Christiane Dorion
Illustrator: Gosia Herba
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: The Natural World, Non-Fiction

About Christiane Dorion

Christiane Dorion is an award-winning author and educational consultant. She has written a number of children’s books about the natural world and has worked with WWF and other environmental organisations for over 30 years. On scooping the Best Book with Facts Award at the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022 Christiane said:  'I am thrilled to win the Blue Peter Book Award amongst so many fantastic books. The fact that it is judged by children makes it even more special, as they are the best critics. I would say to children, read about what you enjoy. Whether it’...

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