Review: Wild Australian Life

Wild Australian Life is a fabulous educational resource with an abundance of detail about creatures, their habitats and the signs of them in our environment.

The book has over 60 pages of fascinating facts, and curious discoveries found in Australia. Each spread explores a different topic, including Magnificent Mammals, Skulls & Skeletons, Feathers, Radical Reptiles, Metamorphosis, Pond Life and many more. It also includes an introduction, clear contents page, classification chart of living things, and a detailed index.

One of my favourite topics covered is Mysterious Monotremes which focuses on the fascinating details of Australia’s unique echidna and platypus; the mammals who lay eggs! 

I adore the designer illustrations featuring bold shapes, intricate textures and muted colours. I’m also particularly impressed with the easy to navigate layout of information.

This book would suit animal lovers and those who love to learn, and it would be perfect as a classroom resource or personal gift. It’s also beautifully presented, looks modern and has an earthy bronze metallic text finish that will stand out on a shelf.

Leonard Cronin is an expert and leader in natural history, some of his previous books include the Cronin’s Key Guide series of field guides, The Australian Climate Change Book and A Journey Through Ancient Kingdoms and Natural Wonders. Chris Nixon is an illustrator and designer, he has illustrated over 10 books for children, including Lights Out, Leonard and Pandamonia.

Title: Wild Australian Life
Author: Leonard Cronin
Illustrator: Chris Nixon
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $29.99
Publication Date: 12 April 2022
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760637224
For ages: 6 – 12
Type: Picture Book

April 25, 2022 at 12:59PM Amie Sabadin