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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth (Hardcover)

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By Kate Gardner, Heidi Smith (Illustrator)
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Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

“With simple text and gorgeous illustrations, Lovely Beast tackle stereotypes about animals (spiders=creepy, octopi=slimy) and turn them on their head (spiders are actually amazing crafters and octopi are quite intelligent) for the youngest readers. Not only good for classrooms, but also for everyday reading.”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS


A stunning debut picture book that encourages kids to look beyond first impressions by sharing unexpected details about seemingly scary wild animals like gorillas, rhinoceroses, and more.

Spiders are creepy. Porcupines are scary. Bats are ugly. Or are they...?

This captivating book invites you to learn more about awe-inspiring animals in the wild. After all, it’s best not to judge a beast until you understand its full, lovely life.

Includes backmatter with additional reading suggestions.

About the Author

Kate Gardner says hello to every animal she encounters, regardless of its reputation. Once, she was even voluntarily shocked by an electric eel named Thor. Kate lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with three lovely beasts (one of whom is her husband).

Heidi Smith is a freelance character designer and visual development artist who graduated from the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. She was the character designer and conceptual designer for ParaNorman, and she won an Annie Award for her designs in 2013. She has also worked as a character designer for Henry Selick at Cinderbiter, the Jim Henson Company, and Warner Brothers. Heidi lives in Arizona.

Praise For…

★ “With its elegant layout, gorgeous illustrations, and thoughtful text, this book presents an interesting and focused subject in an exemplary manner.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A beautifully drawn, cleverly conceptualized resource that will do much for the reputations of some of our more maligned animals.”
— Booklist

“Gently urges readers to see beyond first assumptions and to celebrate the wonder of biodiversity.”
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062741615
ISBN-10: 0062741616
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 48
Language: English