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Wild Summer

Life in the Heat

Sean Taylor, Alex Morss, Cinyee Chiu (Illustrator)


List Price: 19.99*
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"Gorgeous... a sunlit heat rises off the page, while the story addresses the changing climate with openness and hope." - Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

In this follow-up to Winter Sleep and Busy Spring, Wild Summer explores nature in summer.

The beautifully-told story follows a young girl and her naturalist grandpa as they walk down a wild path towards the coast. They spot amazing plants and animals. She is enchanted by the vibrancy of life around her, but asks: “Do plants and animals want summer to last forever?”

Young curiosity is combined with old wisdom in a nature-filled adventure showing a touching relationship between grandfather and grandchild. He teaches her about challenges facing the natural world around her, as we explore a meadow, stream, heathland, fire-charred pine wood, fossil rich cliffs, rocky cove and ocean life.

Filled with fascinating facts and stunning illustrations, the books in this series encourage children to discover more about nature and the seasons. Also available from this series are Winter Sleep and Busy Spring,

Praise For Wild Summer: Life in the Heat

'Boundless blues and vivid yellows impart a sunlit heat that rises off the page, while the story addresses the changing climate with openness and hope.'The Guardian

A young girl and her grandpa spot amazing plants and animals as they walk towards the coast in this sequel to Winter Sleep and Busy Spring. Touches on topical ecological and climate change themes.”The Bookseller

‘[I]n the midst of escalating heat waves and droughts, never has a title been more apt. But don’t worry, this picture book for five to seven-year-olds is far from doom and gloom. […] It’s the perfect introduction to the science behind summertime, with plenty of extra info and ideas for curious kids on the back pages too.’TOAST Magazine

Happy Yak, 9780711269743, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 19, 2022

About the Author

Sean Taylor is an award-winning author of over 50 books for young readers of many different ages. As well as writing, he has many years’ experience visiting schools, where he works with poetry and storytelling to encourage young people to write themselves. He lives with his wife and two sons in Bristol.

Alex Morss is an ecologist, science journalist, educator, and author. She has worked in publishing for 20+ years and in ecology for 10+ years, and spent many more as a naturalist exploring the tree of life.

Cinyee Chiu is originally from Taiwan, now traveling around the world. She got her illustration MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She’s always happy
to try new things. The idea is to make things pretty, playful, and exciting.