Spotlight On: Animal Atlas

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For those of you who love to learn about animals, from October you can get your hands on our latest beautiful atlas! Written by our award-winning author Anne Rooney and illustrated by the talented Lucy Rose, Lonely Planet Kids’ Animal Atlas is a global safari in a book.

We’ve got actual-size pictures that reveal the scale of the animal world, from an anteater’s tongue to a tiny baby turtle, and colourful maps that show where animals live. Plus, there are plenty of large and small flaps to lift up to discover more about the animal world for those curious about our feathered, furry and fishy friends.

We asked our author, Anne Rooney, who wrote our much-loved Dinosaur Atlas (which was shortlisted for a Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize, don’t you know?) what she liked most about working on Animal Atlas.

'I loved writing this book. Even if you know quite a lot about animals, there are always new ones to discover. It was very difficult to stop researching and choose which to include. What I liked best of all was exploring the ways animals have adapted to some really extreme and wild places: the animals that live in icy seas, or have tricks for running across scorching desert.'

Although it’s not available until October, we’ve already got our team of young reviewers working hard! This is what 11-year-old George thought:

'Animal Atlas is a really interesting book. I learnt so much reading it as it mentioned animals from all over the world, from North America to Africa, and from Caribou to Lions. The design was particularly eye-catching, with beautiful illustrations and plenty of flaps containing even more exciting information. It was all interesting, but perhaps my favourite part was learning about the Pinta Island tortoises, and how the last one of their kind to be alive (who died in 2012) had the same name as me! I also previously didn’t know very much about the caribou species until I read this, now I know that they are deer-like creatures that are very well adapted to the challenging climate of North America. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this and hope to read more like it in the future.'

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If Animal Atlas leaves you thirsty for more animal facts, then How Animals Build is a fascinating introduction to how animals make their homes up high, underground, on land and under the sea. From spider webs and rabbit warrens to birds’ nests and ant colonies, you can learn the secrets of all these incredible animal architects.

And if you decide to take your kids to watch wildlife in the wild, we have recommendations for how to do so with care and consideration for the animals involved