Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth (Hardcover)

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By Kate Gardner, Heidi Smith (Illustrator)
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With this engaging picture book, readers are encouraged to take a closer look at animals that might, at first, seem frightening, such as a shark, a wolf, or a spider. There is always more to a creature than what meets the eye, as author Kate Gardner explains with her simple and accessible text and Heidi Smith illustrates with her soft yet striking images. The suggestion to look beyond first impressions is important not only in regard to the animals featured in this book, but simply in life. Lovely!

~ Eight Cousins

Holiday Pick 2018

— From Holiday Picks 2018


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. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

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.”

“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