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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Wild Animals of the North
by Dieter Braun
Age Range: 9-11
Wild Animals of the North is a stupendous encyclopaedic book showcasing some of the most magnificent and endangered creatures inhabiting the Northern Hemisphere. This study of wild animals by German illustrator Dieter Braun will take your breath away. It offers an accurate biologically representation of each animal and readers will be dazzled by the Wolf, Kodiak Bear, Puffin and Blue-footed Booby of North America; the Puma, Barn Owl and Red Fox from Europe, or the Snow Leopard, Japanese Macaque, Asian Black Bear and Giant Panda from Asia.
Braun's imaginative artwork is a mixture of digital media, pencil and watercolour and is defined by clean, simple geometric shapes that create an incredible effect. The illustrations are accompanied by witty descriptions about the animals – The striped skunk, for example, 'is a stinker in the truest sense of the word' – and there is also an illustrated index with cameo images of each animal at the back of the book.
This is definitely a book to be treasured. Coming soon Wild Animals of the South.