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Animals Behaving Badly

By Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Adam Stower

Meet five animals on their beastliest behaviour in this funny and absorbing narrative non-fiction title from award-winning author Nicola Davies.

From award-winning children’s author and biologist Nicola Davies, this is a collection of funny, fascinating and true stories about animals "behaving badly" – which is to say, getting the better of us human beings! We start with the wolverine in Canada, who will trash your home and everything in it, and then meet the kea in New Zealand – park your car in kea country, and you'll find out the hard way that these clever birds have sharp beaks and a love of mischief. Next we visit India and learn about macaque monkeys, who have shoplifting, highway robbery and baby-snatching on their impressive rap sheet, before jetting off to the US. In Florida we find drumfish, whose strange humming calls will keep you up all night long, and in Alaska Sitka whales, who gang up to steal thousands of dollars' worth of cod from under the noses of fishermen. The book ends on a charming high, as Nicola describes two creatures that work together with humans: little brown birds that help people collect honey in East Africa, and bottlenose dolphins that help fishermen catch mullet in Brazil. With lively illustrations from rising talent Adam Stower, Animals Behaving Badly is a splendidly witty and original take on narrative non-fiction for younger readers.

  • Funny, innovative and informative narrative non-fiction – an exciting departure for Walker's non-fiction list.
  • Features animals from all over the world – Canada, New Zealand, India, Brazil, the US and East Africa.
  • Black and white illustrations from Adam Stower, a hugely popular children's illustrator whose previous work includes line drawings for the Mrs Noodlekugel series.

About the author

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and award-winning writer. Her books for children include the best-selling A First Book of Nature, illustrated by Mark Hearld, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, which won the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science's prize for excellence in science (picture book category), Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth, King of the Sky, Just Ducks, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Extreme Animals and The Promise. Nicola lives in Crickhowell, Wales. Visit Nicola on her website, www.nicola-davies.com, or follow her on Twitter under the handle @nicolakidsbooks. Adam Stower studied Illustration at Norwich School of Art, before completing a Masters in Narrative Illustration at the University of Brighton. His previous work includes illustrations for Bottoms Up! by Jeanne Willis (Puffin), winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, and black-and-white line drawings for the Mrs Noodlekugel series, published by Candlewick Press. He is also the author-illustrator of Troll and the Oliver and SLAM! (both published by Templar). SLAM! was winner of the Norfolk Library Silver Award for Children's Books. Visit Adam on his website, www.worldofadam.com, or follow him on Twitter under the handle @Adam_Stower.

About the illustrator

Adam Stower studied Illustration at Norwich School of Art, before completing a Masters in Narrative Illustration at the University of Brighton. His previous work includes illustrations for Bottoms Up! by Jeanne Willis (Puffin), winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, and black-and-white line drawings for the Mrs Noodlekugel series, published by Candlewick Press. He is also the author-illustrator of Troll and the Oliver and SLAM! (both published by Templar). SLAM! was winner of the Norfolk Library Silver Award for Children's Books. Visit Adam on his website, www.worldofadam.com, or follow him on Twitter under the handle @Adam_Stower.

ISBN: 9781406366051
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 112pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $14.99
New Zealand RRP: $16.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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