The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals
Sami Bayly
Publisher: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734420015
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Judge's Critique
Bayly challenges the idea that certain animals are ‘too often seen as something to fear or kill instead of the fascinating creatures they are’. Exquisitely detailed illustrations enhance clearly written, well researched text. Examples include the Crown of Thorns Starfish; toxic to humans and devastating to the marine environment. Through the inclusion in the book of Black legged tick that transmits Lyme disease, Bayly argues the importance of ‘creatures, no matter how annoying, have evolved to serve a purpose within their ecosystem’. This beautifully produced book will fascinate many readers.