Animals Behaving Badly

Animals Behaving Badly

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Meet five animals on their beastliest behaviour in this funny and absorbing narrative non-fiction title from award-winning author Nicola Davies.

From award-winning children's author and biologist Nicola Davies, this is a collection of funny, fascinating and true stories about animals "behaving badly" - which is to say, getting the better of us human beings! We start with the wolverine in Canada, who will trash your home and everything in it, and then meet the kea in New Zealand - park your car in kea country, and you'll find out the hard way that these clever birds have sharp beaks and a love of mischief. Next we visit India and learn about macaque monkeys, who have shoplifting, highway robbery and baby-snatching on their impressive rap sheet, before jetting off to the US. In Florida we find drumfish, whose strange humming calls will keep you up all night long, and in Alaska Sitka whales, who gang up to steal thousands of dollars' worth of cod from under the noses of fishermen. The book ends on a charming high, as Nicola describes two creatures that work together with humans: little brown birds that help us collect honey in East Africa, and bottlenose dolphins that help fishermen catch mullet in Brazil. With lively illustrations from rising talent Adam Stower, Animals Behaving Badly is a splendidly witty and original take on narrative non-fiction for younger readers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 8mm | 96g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406366056
  • 9781406366051
  • 258,550

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"Hilarious, informative, engaging [...]" * Armadillo * This fun fact book reveals just how clever animals can be. * The Week Junior * "This collection of animal anecdotes is funny, interesting and insightful. Comical black-and-white illustrations bring the true tales to life in this entertaining book for animal-loving independent readers." * Book Trust *
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About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and award-winning writer. Her books for children include the best-selling A First Book of Nature, illustrated by Mark Hearld, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, which won the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science's prize for excellence in science (picture book category), Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth, King of the Sky, Just Ducks, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Extreme Animals and The Promise. Nicola lives in Crickhowell, Wales. Visit Nicola on her website,, or follow her on Twitter under the handle @nicolakidsbooks.

Adam Stower studied Illustration at Norwich School of Art, before completing a Masters in Narrative Illustration at the University of Brighton. His previous work includes illustrations for Bottoms Up! by Jeanne Willis (Puffin), winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, and black-and-white line drawings for the Mrs Noodlekugel series, published by Candlewick Press. He is also the author-illustrator of Troll and the Oliver and SLAM! (both published by Templar). SLAM! was winner of the Norfolk Library Silver Award for Children's Books. Visit Adam on his website,, or follow him on Twitter under the handle @Adam_Stower.
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