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Friday 27 November 2020

Review: The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book

Award-winning, Tasmanian writer and illustrator Jennifer Cossins’ most recent book, was the small format picture book about baby animals and their fathers, The Daddy Animal Book.

Her current release, The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book, a companion book to The Ultimate Animal Counting Book, is another stunning offering featuring over 400 animal species.

Beautiful illustrations of living things close up in vivid colours, and alphabetically arranged are a delight to discover.



Animals, fish, birds, butterflies and others, are accompanied by short facts and trivia about most of the entries. 

They all reflect her love of animals and nature.
These are not common animals. They are from all over the world, large and small, with strange exotic names like aardwolf, the black and rufus elephant shrew, degu, Diard’s trogon.

Interesting unknown information such as the douroucouli, also called the night monkey, is the only truly, nocturnal monkey in the world.

Did you know that orcas sleep with one half of their brain at a time? This enables them to be able to surface to breathe.

Elephants sharks are also known as ghost sharks, or plownose chimaeras.

Why are flamingos pink?

Amazing in all aspects, this book will thrill young and interested zoologists with its incredible amount of information. Encyclopaedic in presentation, adults as well as children will find it fascinating, informative and highly educational.

These are the types of books children long to find on library shelves and in schools.

Cossins’ talent doesn’t stop here. Her creativity extends to designing homewares, textiles and stationery with which she fills her shop Red Parka. Behind everything she does is her endeavour to encourage and foster love and care for the natural world.

Title: The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book
Author/Illustrator: Jennifer Cossins
Publisher: Hachette, $ 29.99
Publication Date: 27 October 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780734420091
For ages: 5+
Type: Non Fiction