Creatures of the Night

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Firefly Books
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8.6 X 11.4 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

A background in science, education and journalism has been the perfect foundation for author Camilla de la Bedoyere. She studied zoology and geology at Bristol University, and has subsequently written or edited more than 200 books for children and adults, many of which aim to explain and explore the natural world and our relationship with it.

Multiple full-color photographs and illustrations accompany information about wolves to spiders and fireflies. Absolutely fascinating!... 5 out of 5.-- (11/21/2014)
This attractive volume covers a wide variety of unusual animals. Devoting a spread to each creature, the book describes basic information, such as diet, habitat, size, and unique abilities. The layouts are dramatic, featuring fascinating, sometimes stunning, photos and drawings set against black backgrounds, such as frightening spreads of a wolf spider and a giant desert hairy scorpion. Succinct, intriguing facts will keep readers enthralled... Creatures of the Night sheds light on mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, including the well-known (gray wolf, leopard) and the unusual (puss mouth moth, fungus gnat). A charming look at some odd creatures.-- (12/01/2014)
A slickly produced if arbitrarily ordered gallery of nocturnal wildlife, from leopards to the giant desert hairy scorpion, featuring dozens of close-up portraits and quick, easily graspable facts. Sharply printed on coated paper against, usually, a black background and often angled to face viewers, the dominant central photograph or photorealistically rendered image on each spread creates an immediate visual impact with each turn of the page. Smaller surrounding photos focus on physical or behavioral highlights or introduce related creatures. Captions and comments tucked amid the images supply a browser-friendly mix of standard-issue descriptions and must-know observations. Among the latter: Vampire bats slurp and pee at the same time, owl "eyeballs" (sic) are tube-shaped, and railroad worms "survive by biting the heads off millipedes and sucking out the liquid from inside them!" Good stuff! The simultaneously published Monsters of the Deep offers similar infotainment with a marine cast that includes ratfish, snipe eels and several all-mouth anglerfish among the sharks, whales and other usual suspects. Tailor-made for budding zoologists as well as casual browsers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13) (Monsters of the Deep: 978-1-77085-465-9)--Kirkus Reviews (10/15/2014)