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Glow (Wild Wonders)

The wild wonders of bioluminescence

Jennifer N. R. Smith


The astonishing phenomenon of bioluminescence is brought to life in vivid detail by medical illustrator Jennifer N. R. Smith

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The natural world is an infinite source of wonder and the phenomenon of bioluminescence is no exception. Glow explores the remarkable way animals and plants light up of their own accord, and what we can learn from their incredible glow-in-the-dark abilities. Written and illustrated in minute detail by medical illustrator Jennifer N. R. Smith, Glow takes readers on a magical journey to the deepest ocean trenches, through winding networks of caves and into the darkest corners of the forest to experience the wonder of bioluminescence.

The first in a series of non-fiction children’s books exploring natural phenomena, Glow introduces readers to creatures that glow in the dark including anglerfish, firefly squid, lanternfish, the glowing sucker octopus, Flor de Coco and Honey fungi, as well as hosts of fireflies and glow-worms. It also celebrates the scientists and deep-sea explorers who, at great personal risk, have travelled to the ocean floor to study bioluminescence. Combining natural history with STEM, Glow considers how bioluminescence works and what we can learn from it, including ways to prevent climate change and tackle pollution.

Printed using UV printing techniques, the illustrations appear luminous on the page, making for a truly awe-inspiring reading experience.

Shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards

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'Lively... [An] atmospheric, oversize overview of our bioluminescent world... Readers will be irresistibly lured to this for its breadth of coverage and even more beautiful art... Lights up its topic both visually and textually'
Kirkus Reviews

'A brilliant learning resource that will be sure to inspire and fascinate naturalists both young and old – it’s certainly a book to treasure'
Little Library Owl

'A truly stunning and magical exploration of bioluminescence that will inspire young scientists!'

'In this slim, oversize volume, created in consultation with marine biologist Edith Widder and glowing with Ms. Smith’s neon-and-navy illustrations, readers ages 5-9 will get a sense of how bioluminescent effects are created and why creatures use them, as well as how human beings over the centuries have reacted'
The Wall Street Journal

'Visually stunning ... UV ink technology lends an eye-popping phosphorescent effect to the wildlife and flora that adorn the pages, and short paragraphs of informational text pack a hefty dose of scientific knowledge. This brilliant dive into all things literally bright and beautiful is custom-made for curious upper-elementary scientists, though younger children and adults may also fall in love with the sheer beauty of the artwork'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 36.0 x 27.6 cm

Extent: 40 pp

Publication date: 1 June 2023

ISBN: 9780500653203

About the Author

Jennifer N. R. Smith is an award-winning illustrator based in Bristol. She has a BA in Fine Arts and is certified in illustration with the M.A.A. In 2022 she was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards, the V&A Illustration Award and ABCD Awards.