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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Spiders are creepy. Porcupines are scary. Bats are ugly.

Or are they . . . ?

This captivating book invites you to look beyond your first impressions at these awe-inspiring animals in the wild. After all, it’s best not to judge a beast until you understand its full, lovely life.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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David Schaafsma
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
A very simple book about the fact that what appears to be true may not be the whole truth. For instance, gorillas seem (and surely can be) fierce, but they can also be incredibly gentle, and good and loving parents. They can really take care of each other! Spiders may be creepy-looking, to most, but they are also obviously amazing in their web art! This book is all about animals, but hey, do you think this principle of looking again at someone you assume is only one thing could be applied to hum ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most beautiful children's books I've ever read! Not only are the illustrations finely drawn (in a soft, gentle cross-hatch), but the story of each "scary" animal is told with tenderness. Highly recommended to parents wanting to demystify frightening beasts for their little beasts.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time
What a sweet little book with great illustrations, breaking down myths like a boss.
M. Lauritano
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without question, the most beautifully illustrated book of the year. Lovely Beasts has a simple premise, executed immaculately. The subtle shift from black and white depictions of our negative first impressions to full color appreciations of various creatures works every time. This a non-fiction book that has enough tenderness that it could work as a bed time story. My only complaint is that it is not longer, with a few more animals!
Emma (Miss Print)
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful artwork with some surprising (and sometimes little known) animal facts including that hyenas, lions, and elephants are matriarchal, and that porcupines are quite docile plant eaters unless they're scared. A small bibliography can be found at the back along with detailed information about the specific facts but the artwork is the main event here. A good comp title for Actual Size although that one might still be my favorite of the two.
Alyssa Gudenburr
I LOVED this book. The illustrations were hand drawn and beautiful. Each animal first hand only a single word to describe them, usually a stereotype. Then the next page showed a fact that challenged their stereotypes. Example: Porcupines are Prickly, but gentle.
Gorgeous illustrations. Great information presented in a very unique way.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVELY BEASTS teaches that animals you may believe to be scary, are actually not so bad and that there's so much more to them. The author uses a negative adjective that is typically used for an animal. Then, Kate Gardner uses a positive one that others may not consider. It also explains the why behind it.

Spiders are definitely known to be creepy, but people don't usually think of them as crafters. They design beautiful webs! This is one of the animals in the book along with gorillas, porcupines,
Penny Olson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gorgeous picture book which highlights a collection of animals about which we might have some fear or anxiety. For each animal there is an explanation of the animal's importance or something good that it does. It's the perfect amount of facts for small children with really lovely illustrations.
The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, but the words were just not quite enough for me. It was like the text couldn't make up its mind as to whether to be poetic or straightforward, surprising or consistent, specific or general. Probably worth it for the illustrations alone, however.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This picture book about not judging animals by their cover (i.e., their appearance, stereotype, etc.) is a winner, with soft illustrations and just the right amount of informational text. It will be a gift book for sure!
Olivia Slykhuis
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely. The illustrations are nice: realistic but also artistic, and the twists are interesting. Love this take on a non-fiction book about misunderstood animals. Great non-fiction kids book to display. 4+
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent illustrations. Wonderful! And the text describing the mentioned animals is very age-appropriate. The book lets kids know that some animals may be big or scary, but they are also something else...not so scary.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
First impressions are often false impressions. In these cases, readers learn that what they know about certain animals especially their bad reputations are often wrong and shows just how much they are misunderstood.
Judy Ripke
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: previews
This book shows why animals that some think are scary, are actually important and special in God's creation, and not as scary as we have thought. I am often trying to share this with the children I teach, and this book is the perfect tool to do so.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Black and white illustrations and interesting facts.
Michele Knott
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the way the author gives the readers a new perspective of each animal.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
a fresh perspective on the redeeming qualities of various beasts
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations great message full of juicy facts and science
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twelve creatures are featured in this beautiful book; one-word first impressions are shared along with facts about each animal.
Mikey Golczynski
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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