Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures 
(November 2019, National Library Publishing, $24.99, hard cover, 9780642279545)
LONGLISTED: Australian Book Design Awards 2020, Children's Non-Fiction
LONGLISTED: Booktopia's Australian Book of the Year 2019, Children's Non-Fiction

Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging?

In Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures, readers are constantly introduced to facts that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna.

The information on each individual species is presented in small 'bites' to hold the interest of younger readers, while the information taken in total gives a comprehensive summary of each species, including breeding and feeding habits, physical characteristics, habitat and other unique and quirky features.

Fauna also has a strong conservation message with an 'extinction roll call' and a rating for the vulnerability of endangered species.

The stylised illustrations in Fauna are lively, colourful and informative, highlighting facts that lend themselves more to pictures than words e.g. the actual size of crocodile teeth, or the mechanics of the echidna's beak. There is also humour in the illustrations - is that kangaroo with dark glasses actually from a different kind of mob?

The layout and illustrations in this exquisite nonfiction title once again portray McCartney’s talents for design ... this book will capture the eye with its gorgeous illustrations, share some brilliant facts about Australia’s animals, and also teach us awareness so perhaps we can safeguard these curious creatures... - Readings

Wow! What an achievement. How I wish I had such a book as a child. Beautifully put together, engaging, funny, informative, this book belongs in every classroom and every home. It really is most impressive. Congratulations to Tania and NLA publishing on a spectacular book. - Jackie Hosking, Pass It On

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