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Review - Animal - David Burnie (ed.)

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Not really a popular science book, so we can't give it more than three stars, but a stunning achievement nonetheless.

In the classic Dorling Kindersley style this is a richly illustrated book, featuring the animal kingdom in profuse detail. It's a reference book really, but it's one that it is very tempting to dip into and read more.

After an introduction and detail on habitats, the animal kingdom is split into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Each of these is split into categories and sometimes subcategories - so, for instance within rodents we find "squirrel-like rodents", "mouse-like rodents" and "cavy-like rodents" (even this small category has 15 entries).

Each creature has a photo, between a paragraph and two pages of text, a location map and basic statistics.

This is a book for the whole family - though it's classified as an adult book it will be as much if not more of interest to children with an interest in animals.

It's a great book, just not really our sort of thing!

Reviewed by Peter Spitz

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