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Thursday 7 December 2023

This book is actually beyond audacious. 

It holds BIG ideas and is radical, liberating, scary, mind-bogglingly empowering and also funny. It’s very, very funny.

Author/illustrator Mushin is an industrial designer, artist and inventor who collaborates with scientists and engineers to solve perplexing problems that no-one else seems to know what to do about.

Like what can be done with explosive cow gas or how to make bikes fly or cities transform into jungles as fast as possible.  

Yes! And as well as containing more than one hundred INVENTIONS for rewilding cities and saving the planet, this book aims to empower and excite a new generation of designers, scientists, engineers and ultra-wild thinkers.

Which it definitely does.

With a friendly, hilarious conversational style and wonderful illustrations, Mushin casually shares optimistic ideas on climate change, futuristic materials and foods, bio reactors, soil, forest ecosystems, mechanical flight, solar thermal power, turning roads into jungles and reversing climate change.

The words and illustrations are compelling and seductive. They make you want to tether your brain to his crazy and brilliant ideas and add something of your own, just because you can. And also because you might just save the world. No harm in trying, right?

A seven-year labour of love, Ultra Wild gives us permission to not just think outside the box, but to turn that box into precious compost and blast it from a massive slingshot into places where it might turn into treasure.

The ideas, conversations and inventions in Ultra Wild belong in every school, home, waiting room, library, community house, bedroom, car and loo.  

The perfect gift for curious kids – with a website and masses of extra stuff.

Don’t walk - RUN to grab your copy!


Title: Ultra Wild. An Audacious Plan For Rewilding Every City On Earth
Author/Illustrator: Steve Mushin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $34.99
Publication Date: 31 October 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760292812
For ages: 9 - 99
Type: Picture Book For Older Readers