A Sketchbook of Animal Survival


This is a ‘Question and Answer’ book with a difference. It’s as if you’ve been invited into the artist’s studio and he’s personally answered your questions on his drawing pad with an artistic scribble or two that slowly builds up into a fascinating illustration of the interconnected nature of the animal world. Wildlife artist and author Martin Knowelden answers questions he is frequently asked in his own eclectic way, with a variety of sketches, labels and completed drawings intertwined with his explanations – which always consider the broader picture as well as the simple answer.

Rights Information

All languages available except



Chinese simple language

Chinese complex language



Thorsten Wiedau

6 October 2010


“A Sketchbook of Animal Survival” is a real feast for the eyes, exceedingly informative and captivates the reader with a very successful mix of wonderful sketches and illustrations together with answers to questions that children and young people ask – and adults cannot answer.


Why don’t baboons live in trees? Why do swarms of flying ants appear each year? Are there hummingbirds in France, or was it just a hawk-moth? Is the relationship between swifts and parasites really advantageous?


I really liked this book: it encouraged me to reflect on our planet’s fauna and its interaction with mankind, and renewed my respect for the overwhelming beauty of creation. Highly recommended!


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Bibliographic Information
  • Russian, Slovenian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
  • China
  • Hardback
  • Pages: 64
  • Firecrest Publishing Ltd
  • Readership: Teenage/Young Adult
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 280 x 218 mm
  • Illustration: 4-colour artwork throughout