Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth
HarperCollins US, 2019
48pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Spiders are creepy.
Porcupines are scary.
Bats are ugly.
Or are they . . .
This captivating book invites you to look beyond your first impressions at these awe-inspiring animals in the wild. On each page is an exquisite pencil illustration of a common creature that usually inspires an emotion in the viewer accompanied by a one word description that fits that emotion. But when you turn the page, there is an equally exquisite but different picture of the same creature, this time with a few lines about its uniqueness that shows a completely different side to it.
For example, sharks, particularly the great white, can shivers up the spines of those who like to swim in the ocean yet without them at the top of the food chain, the entire marine ecosystem would collapse. Similarly, bats eat many insects – up to 8000 mosquitoes in a night – thus controlling the populations.
Something a little different to encourage us to look beyond the first impression and the reputation…