Weird, Wild, Amazing! (Hardcover)

Exploring the Incredible World of Animals

By Tim Flannery, Sam Caldwell (Illustrator)

Norton Young Readers, 9781324015437, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

List Price: 19.95*
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Internationally renowned author and scientist Tim Flannery’s first children’s book is a humorous, informed, and accessible deep-dive into the natural world.

Are zombie jellyfish real?

Do frogs like opera?

What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Tim Flannery has the answers. Introducing some of the most spectacular and unusual creatures on Earth, from water to sky and the forests and deserts in between, he offers in- depth and often bizarre facts on extraordinary animals that live in each habitat while incorporating concepts of climate change, evolution, conservation, and taxonomy. Did you know that lions once roamed North America, or that albatrosses sleep-fly? Have you ever heard a piranha bark, or ever wondered how the sloth got its name?

Packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by real-life anecdotes from one of our greatest science communicators, Weird, Wild, Amazing! teaches readers to cherish and delight in our planet’s environment with Flannery’s signature mix of humor and wisdom.

About the Author

Tim Flannery, FAA, is an Australian mammologist, environmentalist, and scientist. He has published more than thirty books. He lives in Melbourne.

Sam Caldwell is an illustrator based in London. His art has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, and Granta.