"...a lavishly illustrated and passionate work that aims to provide a sort of maritime health report, setting out the richness of ocean and our dependence upon the future health of the sea. Well written and superbly illustrated...pulls no punches"
"Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect... there is so much to reflect on in this wide-ranging Atlas that is in fact much more than that: it combines cartography, diagrams, photography, and scientific as well as philosophical narrative into a framework that ranges from submarine geology to oceanography, marine biology to climate change...this volume does for oceanography (in a wider sense than this word suggests) what Carl Sagan did for cosmology. This is a highly important work... among its great merits are its clarity of prose and readability"
Harm de Blij, John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University; ABC tv
"Very readable and engaging."
Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
"...its most important virtue is the writing: clear, succinct and absorbing. It has something rare in a reference book: a voice. John Farndon tells a good story, he doesn’t mince words in his conclusions, and he’s not afraid to be funny."
North Coast Journal
"The writing is crisp and clear... It's impressively published as well as well-written and thought out. It's excellent and important. The text has what so few reference books have: a voice. The visuals illustrate this text as well as piquing a browser's interest and satisfying a roving eye. It's absorbing and satisfying reading.”
Captain Future, Books in Heat
"An in-depth exposition of everything under, around, and on the sea, this atlas uses photos, maps, charts, and text to create a very user-friendly primer about the oceans...Big and beautiful, this book would make a great addition to any coffee table.”
The Sierra Club
"This richly illustrated survey of marine life introduces basic principles of oceanography and highlights the hazards of environmental degradation."
"a worthy purchase that will be useful to students working on term papers. Readers interested in global change, the effect on the environment, and species survival also will enjoy this in bite-sized pieces.
Jean E Crampon, Shelves of Books/Library Journal
"Weird and amazing sealife takes centre stage in this illustrated atlas.... A good balance between words and wildlife photography, diagrams and maps makes it appealing for the casual reader as well as useful for students"
Rebeka White, The Invisible Gorilla, Ex-Libris
"Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth’s oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them.”
All at Sea
"Ian’s recommendation: A good introduction to the subject
Birdbooker Report 158, Guardian
"... one of the best books on the topic of oceans I have seen in a while... it does seem like we are living on the cusp of a "soylent green" future and this book will serve to remind me how it used to be.
G. Papadopoulos, Amazon.com customer review
"What animals live where? And why do animals live where they do? This beautifully illustrated work answers these and many other questions. Dividing the world into eight broad habitat types, the author offers a clear portrait of each... This very nice packaging of the somewhat difficult subject of zoogeography is highly recommended."
Nancy Bent, Booklist
"John Farndon's Wildlife Atlas (ABC Books, 2004) provides a colourful, habitat-by-habitat account of 1000 or so predators, grazing mammals, birds, insects and reptiles."
Peter Spinks, The Age
"Children ages five through eight will have a visual adventure with this new Kingfisher volume, which will answer the basic requirements of animal reports....Recommended for school and public libraries. "
"This is truly the best first animal encyclopedia for children."
J. Lee "beanies' mommy" Amazon customer
"My nephew, 4 years old, loves this book! He loves "reading" all the pages, and looking at all the pictures. It's tremendously colorful, and interesting even for the adults. I definitely would recommend it for any child with an interest in animals, or for any adult who hopes to foster such an interest."
nwexplorer Amazon customer
"My son Jason just loves this book....The whole family has learned a lot from this fact filled book"
"Rarely are we disappointed when we reach for this kid-friendly encyclopedia"
a_mom (Michigan) Amazon customer
As a homeschool mother, this book has been an excellent tool in introducing my 6 year old and 3 year old to the animal kingdom. As my 6 yr old has said, "it has everything."...for my daughter,, it is like front row seats to the zoo."
A Shoup, Amazon customer
"With a bit more detail than Gail Gibbons's From Seed to Plant (Holiday House, 1991) and easier to understand than Susan E. Goodman's Seeds, Stems, and Stamens (Millbrook, 2001), these books offer solid information in an attractive format."
Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA, - School Library Journal
Recommended on list of Best New Books to Engage Students in Math and Science, Lisa Bea Walters, DESE, Library Media and Technology Consultant
J. B. Petty, Missouri State University, Coordinator/LIS Education
"Bugs & Minibeasts is a beautiful book...Every page is both stunningly laid out (I never knew bugs could be so nice to look at), and full of extensive and clearly written information...The book is billed as a reference guide for 8-12 year olds, but I would suggest that this terrific book will interest children much younger, who will love the big bright pictures, while older children and even adults will find plenty to stimulate them. This is a great value book with a huge scope for impromptu lessons, formal homeschooling sessions, or just a bit of fun."
Magdalena Ball, Preschool Entertainment
1000 Things You Should Know About Animals by John Farndon
Miles Kelly (June 2000, May 2005)
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1000 Facts on Animals (Hardcover) by John Farndon
224 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (July 1, 2001)
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Natural World by John Farndon
512 pages Miles Kelly (August, 2004)
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Insect Kingdom by John Farndon, Jen Green
128 pages Southwater (24 Sep 2004)
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Bulletpoints: Trees by John Farndon
40 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (1 May 2004)
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