Author(s): Sami Bayly
INDIE AWARD WINNER 2020
Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine! With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness'. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way. Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more 'ugly' beauties. This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.
Shortlisted Indie Awards 2020
CBCA 2020 Shortlist
The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
The well-researched information presented successfully highlights some unusual, highly adapted species that have evolved to have unique but rather unattractive features, many species of which are highly threatened. The book includes a brilliant introduction in which the author advocates for all creatures to be appreciated by challenging readers to test their perception of beauty when reading the book. Each animal is featured on a large double-page spread, with information sorted into logical areas of interest, including description, habitat and diet. This format successfully introduces readers to a unique selection of animals, with information that is both fascinating and engaging. This would most likely encourage readers to further investigation of the topic. Each entry is accompanied by a highly detailed hand-drawn illustration. Illustrations are drawn from the viewpoint that most vividly highlights the unattractive features of each animal, ensuring that readers will be captivated by the drawings and will search for and find beauty in the details. The overall production is reminiscent of an oldworld encyclopaedia and is likely to appeal to readers of all ages.