Non Fiction

Endangered Animals by Tom Jackson and Dangerous Animals by Barry Madden

When I was younger, I had an encyclopedia with one book focusing on animals. That had a clock-like pie next to the animal to indicate the danger of extinction. It was simple and effective and left a strong impression on me when it came to animals. As I grew older, I realised that the book had covered a very minuscule part of the whole.
Even in this new information-heavy world, this type of book with these kinds of photographs within its pages is still a draw.
There are multiple photographs of individual animals, divided by the location with a brief note about them. It is not the kind of book that you peruse and by heart, at least not for someone my age. I am sure my nephews would beg to differ. They love reciting such information.
It is a book best held and seen in a physical format. The photographs are the central feature of the book, and they are brilliant.

I was not sure what I was getting when I first requested this book. I only chose it because I have seen other photography books by the same editor. The photographs were as stunning as expected. I think for some strange reason, I was expecting a list of animals that were connected to humans in terms of danger. This, I realize now, is a very odd way of thinking.
The animals are divided by location, and within each set of countries/continents, we are given a list of animals. I like that there is more than one picture or a couple of angles for most of the animals. It almost provided a video-like quality to the reading experience.
Even more than the book on endangered animals, my nephews (who individually painstakingly explained to me the difference between venomous and poisonous – a distinction I never considered in my own childhood, and they are five!) would love this book.
It is a paradise for those children (and adults) who reveal in all the variety of ways animals protect themselves. The colours are brilliant, and this is yet another book that goes on my long list of picture books I’d buy if I was into buying such books.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to have a physical copy of such information to jump into at any time.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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