Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!



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Professor Tim Flannery, illustrated by Sam Caldwell

The first book for children from renowned author and scientist Professor Tim Flannery, exploring the world’s weirdest and most fascinating animals in all their bizarre glory!

Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet.

Are zombie jellyfish real?  Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What’s it like to wrestle a python? Buckle up – you’re about to find out!

Bursting with bizarre facts, packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Professor Tim Flannery, this deep-dive into the natural world will enthral and enlighten readers. It will also make them laugh out loud … and squirm in disgust.

Shortlisted for the 2020 ABDA Best Designed Children's Non-Fiction and 2020 Environment Award for Children's Literature

Longlisted for the 2020 ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children

For ages six years and older

About the Author:
Professor Tim Flannery is one of the world’s leading scientists, explorers and conservationists. He’s spent most of his life studying the natural world – from mammalogy to palaeontology – and has had some incredible adventures along the way, including floating down crocodile-infested rivers and wrestling pythons. He’s discovered 75 new species of animals – some that are still living, and others that have been preserved as fossils. He’s worked at museums and universities in Australia and around the world, including as Director of the South Australian Museum, Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Australian Museum. He established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, was appointed Australia’s first Climate Commissioner and is the Founder and Chief Councillor of the Australian Climate Council. In 2007, he was named Australian of the Year. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than thirty books.

About the Illustrator:
Sam Caldwell has a particular talent for illustrating the world’s strangest and most fascinating creatures. He grew up in the north of England and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, where he works as an illustrator and designer. Sam studied painting at the Edinburgh College of Art and is passionate about using texture and colour to tell stories with his art. His illustrations are regularly featured in magazines and newspapers.

Dimensions: H 25.4cm x W 19cm

ISBN: 9781760501587

Publisher: Hardie Grant Children's Publishing

Publication Date: 2019

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 256