Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals


By Martin Brown (David Fickling Books)
ISBN: 978-1-910200-53-7 (HB) 978-1-910989-56-2 (PB)

It’s a beautiful, wonderful world which we humans – sadly, the temptation to say You Humans grows stronger in me every day – don’t appreciate enough. Thankfully, there are still many studious, thoughtful types – many of them rather artistic in temperament – who are aware of the astounding fascinations of flora and fauna for the public, and remain joyously eager to share what they know.

Available in hardcover and paperback, this glorious book is the phenomenally compelling and generally hilarious efforts of one of the best of them…

Martin Brown hails from Melbourne (that’s in Australia where they have loads of amazing, little-known and generally deadly bugs and critters) but made his name as a designer, cartoonist and illustrator in the United Kingdom (not so many dangerous beasts, but far too many idiots).

After training as a teacher and working for television in Oz, Brown put on a backpack and travelled around the world for a bit. He stopped when he got to Britain, and lived by doing drawings: greetings cards, cartoons, magazines and book illustrations. The books included Coping with Parents (by Peter Corey), Philip Pullman’s New Cut Gang and a series of popular children’s tomes written by Terry Deary entitled Horrible Histories. Those light-hearted factoid files sold upwards of 20 million copies…

Brown draws good and he draws funny: very, very funny.

A couple of years back, the artist compiled a bright and breezy bestiary of the creatures less well-represented on TV and in environmental and ecological campaigns: animal underdogs – although there’s not one of those included here – that always get pushed out of the limelight by glamour-pusses like Lions, and Tigers and Bears.

Oh. Why?

It’s certainly not because they’re dull, boring or inconsequential…

Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals is an award-winning graphic treatise which highlights and introduces a host of creatures that will take your breath away: described and delineated with wit, empathy and proper facts like Size; What they eat; Where they live; their Status (from Critically Endangered to We don’t know) as well a specific fact on each that will delight or disgust, depending on your age or maturity…

Fabulously, hilariously illustrated, please meet here and be besotted by the Numbat, Cuban Solenodon, Lesser Fairy Armadillo, Zorilla, Silvery Gibbon, Dagger-Toothed Flower Bat, Long Tailed Dunnart, Russian Desman, Speke’s Pectinator, the Onager, Banded Linsang, Yellow-Footed Rock-Wallaby, Gaur, Sand Cat, Southern Right Whale Dolphin, Three Monkeys (Red-Faced Spider Monkey, Grey-Shanked Douc Langur and Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey), Hirola, Crabeater Seal, Ili Pika, Zebra Duiker and Black-Footed Ferret: all topped off with an extremely accessible Glossary

Sure, you can look them all up online but there they’ll just be cute or awesome, not funny…

An utterly enticing piece of work that could only be improved by an accompanying set of badges, greetings or post cards…
Text and illustrations © 2016 Martin Brown. All rights reserved.