This itty-bitty beauty is small in size but bursting with information. Animal Journeys by Patricia Hegarty and Jessica Courtney-Tickle is divided into four sections—Miraculous Migrations, Water World, Blowing Hot and Cold, and Animal Antics. It gives insight into how animals adapt to their environment—like how the fennec fox has thick fur on the soles of its feet to protect it from the hot sand of the Sahara Desert. It shares incredible migration journeys—including that of the super-commuter, the Arctic tern, that flies from the Arctic to Antarctica and back every year. Our favourite section details the antics of ants, the transformation of the butterfly, and the magic of chameleons.
Courtney-Tickle’s depictions of each animal is somewhat simplified and made appealing for a younger audience, yet they don’t lose the true essence of themselves. This is the same for their environment. Stars aren’t tiny dots in the sky, they’re large and five-pointed. Waves have been stylised and eyes are distinct and bright. Colours are soft and naturalistic. We’ve been enjoying another of Courtney-Tickle’s publications with similar tones and texture—The Unexpected Visitor, which also features a whale on the cover.