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Hoot and Howl across the Desert (Extreme Environments)

Life in the world's driest deserts

Vassiliki Tzomaka


A journey to fifteen of the harshest environments on Earth, where only the toughest creatures survive

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Readers are invited to travel across some of world’s driest landscapes and discover the remarkable animals and plants that survive in desert climates, both hot and cold. Along the way, they will encounter over 300 rare and little known plants, animals, reptiles, birds and insects, casting new light on desert environments and revealing the abundance of life underlying their barren image. Through fifteen bright and graphic desert landscapes the book looks in detail at unusual species, their tactics for survival, nocturnal desert life, the desert food chain, lethal creatures and degrees of dryness.


'A winning combination of striking illustrations coupled with bite-sized facts that will wow readers of every age!'
Mini and the Whale

'A breathtaking visual treat … Just the book to entice little ones to hoot and howl through their own desert reading adventures'

'Bright and entrancing artwork ... bitesized chunks of information'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 30.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 56 pp

Publication date: 18 June 2020

ISBN: 9780500651988

Contents List

What is a Desert? • Wind, Sand & Rain • Tribes & Patterns • Antarctica • The Arctic The Great Basin • The Sonoran • The Chihuahuan & Mojave Deserts • The Atacama Desert • The Patagonian Desert • The Namib Desert • The Kalahari • The Sahara The Arabian Desert • Thar Desert • The Gobi Desert • The Australian Deserts

About the Author

Vassiliki Tzomaka is a designer and illustrator with a PhD in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She collected over 300 cacti and succulent species to create this book, drawing on her BSc in chemistry and MA in environmental studies to recreate the environment of the desert on the page.