Nic Bishop books combine fascinating science with exquisite photographs. They are magnets for reluctant readers who love animals and nonfiction. His latest book on lizards continues with the high quality standard he has set with previous books. See a lizard hatching, so close that you can almost feel the rubbery egg. Look right into the eyes of a bright-green baby chameleon. Marvel at the skin of the thorny devil. Run across water with a basilisk in a series of stunning shots. Gawk at the geckos in all of their diversity. Linger with lizards here in this book that makes science accessible, fascinating and beautiful.
Bishop excels at creating nonfiction for children. His writing turns scientific facts into accessible and fascinating prose that points readers to reasons for wonder. With his stunning photographs accompanying his prose, it is too easy to ignore the fact that his writing works so well. And of course, you have his amazing gift for photography. Photography that is crystal clear and brings readers so close to the subjects. Make sure you read his author notes at the end for details about what it took to get the photographs you see in the book.
Highly recommended, this belongs in every school and public library along with Bishop’s other titles. Get this in the hands of animal lovers, both reluctant readers and non. But beware, bring it home and you too may be looking into a pet gecko for Christmas. I hear his name is going to be Bob.
Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic.