A spectacular tour of a rainforest, with a convincing, affecting case to make about conservation – underscored by extraordinary illustrations.

Tropical rainforests are amazing places. More kinds of animals and plants live in them than live anywhere else in the world. This one is in Malaysia, in South East Asia. Let's go and take a look... So begins this magnificent new book from conservation-biologist Martin Jenkins and fine artist Vicky White, the award-winning team behind Can We Save the Tiger? and Ape.

The breathtakingly-detailed illustrations are packed with life, from hornbills to gibbons, bats and the much-loved Asian Elephant, while the conversational text expertly weaves in complex biology to show young readers both how life in the jungle is intrinsically linked, and why we must work to protect it.

With a powerful environmental message, this is a tour de force from two remarkable talents – and a perfect choice for fans of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris' The Lost Words, or Ben Rothery's Hidden Planet.

"Informative but never patronising, this book is guaranteed to instil in young readers a sense of the beauty and fragility of nature." The Independent on Sunday on Can We Save the Tiger?


Martin Jenkins is a conservation biologist and consultant for the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a UN organization concerned with conservation and the environment. He has won several awards for his writing including the TES Information Book of the Year Junior Award for The Emperor's Egg, and he is the reteller of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, illustrated by Chris Riddell, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Cambridge.

Vicky White worked as a zookeeper looking after the great apes at Cheshire Zoo – where she couldn't keep from drawing them! This is her third book for children: she previously collaborated with Martin Jenkins for their books Ape and Can We Save the Tiger? She lives in Saxmundham, Suffolk.


Stunningly Illustrated throughout, this is a reminder of the breath of life in the jungle and why we need to protect it.

The Bookseller

Martin Jenkins is at his narrative non-fiction best, and Vicky White’s accompanying photo-real pencil illustrations have to be seen to be believed.

CLPE, "October New Books Roundup"

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