Tiny - The Invisible World of Microbes

Tiny by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Emily Sutton

Published June 2014

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There are living things so tiny millions could fit on a dot. Although they are invisible, they are everywhere and they multiply very quickly. They are vital for life on earth, and do all sorts of things – from giving us a cold and making yoghurt to wearing down mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. With charming illustrations by Emily Sutton, this friendly, clever book succeeds in conveying the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly, and opens up an exciting new avenue for young non-fiction.

Reviews

"Reveals the miraculous-ness of science with sheer sharp edge precision and decorative charm.” - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

“A linear story that describes in beautifully simple language the science of microbiology . . . Sutton’s drawings are both elegant and informative, getting science across to the youngest readers. . . stands out for doing something different in this field.” - Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph

“An absolute visual delight. This charming and beautiful book eloquently describes the forms, functions and rapid reproduction of the ‘invisible transformers of our world.' - The Publishers Association’s Best New Children’s Books Summer 2014, The Guardian

“A star book for young children . . . arresting and interesting illustrations work perfectly with the text, bringing things to a practical level.” - Books for Keeps

“It’s rare to find a science book for tiddlers, never mind one with such a fine aesthetic sensibility.” - Alex O’Connell, The Times

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Who's like me?

Who's like Me? by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Marc Boutavant

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Who's like Me? and What will I be? are the first in a series of four beautiful stylish board books for preschool children (What Happens Next? and Who Lives Here? to follow). The flaps, repetitive narrative and Marc Boutavant’s wonderfully cute illustrations, introduce real science - taxonomy in Who's like Me? and life cycles in What will I be? - in a way that’s accessible and fun for small children. These are sure to become bedtime favourites for the under 4s!

Read a review over at Library Mice.


What Will I be?

What will I be? by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Marc Boutavant

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Who's like Me? and What will I be? are the first in a series of four beautiful stylish board books for preschool children (What Happens Next? and Who Lives Here? to follow). The flaps, repetitive narrative and Marc Boutavant’s wonderfully cute illustrations, introduce real science - taxonomy in Who's like Me? and life cycles in What will I be? - in a way that’s accessible and fun for small children. These are sure to become bedtime favourites for the under 4s!

Read a review over at Library Mice.


Gaia Warriors

Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies

a book about climate change and what to do about it

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Gaia Warriors is a book all about climate change, written to be easily readable for 12 to 16 year olds. It explains the science of climate change as a series of answers to basic questions such as ‘How do we know the climate is changing?’ and ‘how do we know it’s our fault?’

But explaining the problem is only half of what Gaia Warriors is about: the second half of the book is about solutions. Nicola interviewed people from all over the world who are working out ways to fight climate change, and their voices fill the second half of the book.

Some are fighting climate change through working out how our daily lives need to change to use less energy from architects designing houses that don’t need heating to clothes designers using recycled fabrics. Others are fighting to change what governments and countries do so that the natural systems that maintain our life giving atmosphere are protected and our use of fossil fuels is reduced.

What Gaia Warriors shows is that people have to power to create change and that there are as many ways of fighting the huge problem of climate change as there are people in the world.

The message that Gaia Warriors, conveys with great energy and humour is that Climate Change is offering humanity an opportunity to put things right - to treat our planet and our fellow humans with respect for the first time. It's giving us a choice: carry on as usual and fry, or take this chance to make the world a better place.

We can choose to change for the better.


Deadly

Deadly! The truth about the most dangerous creatures on earth by Nicola Davies

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Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers!

Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross.


Poo

Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable by Nicola Davies

illustrated by Neal Layton

Published by Walker Books

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Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touch using it, rabbits eat it and most grown ups prefer not to mention it at all! However you look at it, poo is probably the most useful stuff on the planet. It comes in all shapes and sizes and every animal has its own special sort.

Find out where it goes, what it’s for and what we can learn from it, in this book, with the help of Neal Layton’s wonderfully funny, fabulously funky illustrations.

Reviews

Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable has been published in more than ten different languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. It has been the subject of an exhibition at the Rothschild Museum in Tring and at museums in Trieste, Genoa, Ravenna, Milan and Rome. It was shortlisted for the biggest children’s book prize in Germany, the Blue Peter Prize in the UK and won the Andersen Prize for science writing in Italy. It is also now available in a small edition: “Poo for your Pocket”, you could say.

‘Simply a brilliant natural history book that will raise a smile and communicate sound scientific concepts and information.’ — Books for Keeps

‘Coprophagy brings benefits….find out for yourself in Nicola Davies’ book.’ — New Scientist

‘Poo is coming out of the closet!’ — Rod Liddle, The Times


Extreme Animals: the toughest creatures

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Neil Layton

Published by Walker Books

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There is life everywhere on Earth, from Polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes and the deepest sea beds … places that would kill humans quicker than you could say ‘coffin’. How do animals survive being frozen, boiled and squashed in the toughest conditions our planet has to offer? Find out in this amazing natural history book. And find out who is the toughest animal of all — a polar bear, a gulper eel, a camel or something much, much smaller.

Reviews

‘Just the right note of whimsy and scientific accuracy …’ New York Times Book Review

‘Simply a brilliant natural history book that will raise a smile and communicate sound scientific concepts and information.’ — Books for Keeps


What's eating you? Parasites: the inside story

What's eating you? Parasites: the Inside Story by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Neil Layton

Published by Walker Books

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It has even more yuk factor than Poo, even wackier facts than Extreme Animals, brought to you with the same wonderfully funny style of text and illustration. It is a book that will have you itching from the first page and groaning with delighted horror by the last, as it explores the extraordinary world of parasites and the weird lives they lead in and on us and other animals.

Read ‘What’s Eating You?’ and find out how a tape worm can help wolves catch moose, which creature is the deadliest on the planet and why parasites make bumblebees dig their own graves … and don’t miss the two-host tapeworm board game in every book!

Reviews

What’s Eating You was shortlisted for the American Association for the Advancement of Science children’s book prize for 2008

‘…an excellent primer on this often unseen world of tiny animals who make their home either on, or inside, other living things.’ The Imperfect Parent

“Looking even stranger than the most bizarre extraterrestrials, the parasites presented in this book are sure to entertain as well as educate kids and adults alike. But the faint of heart be warned: Even cartooned googly eyes and outfits don’t make ticks, lice, or nematodes any less itchy.” - Science News December 22 2007


Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals are Big and Little Animals are Little

Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals are Big and Little Animals are Little by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Neil Layton

Published by Walker Books

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Have you ever wished you could fly across the sky, run up a wall, lift a bus, or walk across water? Superheroes manage these feats all the time on TV and in films, but real humans never could. Discover the amazing true rules that control what bodies can and can’t do in this book. And find out why it is that, from the very teeny-tiniest insect to the biggest big blue whale, all living creatures are just the right size.

Reviews

“Layton’s…crystal-clear diagrams, diverting strip panels, and spirited spot art all interpret biology in their own deliciously weird way. Davies is the best thing to happen to biology since the invention of the filmstrip, and kids who thought they’d never care about a science precept will be delighted to acquire killjoy information to spout during sci-fi horror movies.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, September 2009


Talk, talk, Squawk!

Talk, Talk, Squawk by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Neil Layton

Published by Walker Books

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It’s clear from all the singing, tapping, buzzing, humming, flashing and howling that’s going on that communication is as important to animals as it is to us. In fact, almost all the things that animals do – like finding food and shelter, getting a mate and rearing young – would be impossible without it. Every animal has to communicate in some way.

That means they have to send a signal that the animal on the receiving end is going to be able to sense and understand. For instance, it’s no good flashing a light to attract a mate if that mate is blind,or whispering in the middle of a thunderstorm, or waving a white flag if the enemy thinks that the sign of surrender is a blue flag. That way both sides lose out.

So animals have come up with ways to make signals that work even when it’s too dark to see, too noisy to hear or the animal they’re trying to reach is a hundred miles away or even a member of a different species.


Monsters of the Deep

Monsters of the Deep by Nicola Davies

Just dive in!

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Explore the world beneath the waves with an amazing interactive experience that will bring you face to face with fearsome sharks, whales longer than a bus, and squid with razor sharp grappling hooks on their arms. Meet the deep sea mysteries - like the giant worms that live in volcanic vents thousands of meters under the surface, or the scariest looking fish that glow in the dark of the ocean.Find out what’s known about these fantastic creatures - and what isn’t known. Maybe you could become the deep sea explorer who solves some of the mysteries surrounding Monsters of the Deep


Grow your own monsters

Grow your Own Monsters

by Nicola Davies and Simon Hickmott

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Plants that eat animals, thistles as high as an elephant’s eye, flowers like stink bombs and cucumbers that double as weapons. This is gardening like you’ve never seen it before, and certainly isn’t for the faint hearted!

Grow Your Own Monsters will tell you everything you need to know to grow fantastic plants that will amaze, or possibly even slightly terrorize, your neighbours. You won’t need expensive gardening equipment or even a whole garden, as some of these green monsters can be grown on a windowsill in an old yoghourt pot.

Go on - discover your inner green daemon!

Reviews

‘..a gardening book with a difference...recommended for primary school classrooms...’ - The School Librarian

‘I love the air of optimism which bursts from every page of this delightful book.’ - Pat Jenkins in Carousel