The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734419019
The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2020 Notable
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.