Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals 2


By Martin Brown (David Fickling Books)
ISBN: 978-1-788450-39-3 (HB)

Look! Over there!! What’s that?

It looks like animals, but ones that don’t have really good managers or top-flight publicity teams!

A couple of years back, artist Martin Brown crafted a brilliant, award-winning cartoon catalogue of Earth’s least celebrated creatures: those beasts and fowls less well-represented in mainstream media or in environmental and ecological campaigns, but certainly a match for any panda, porpoise or koala in fauna favourites league: but only if we actually know about them…

Brown started life in Melbourne, Australia before backpacking his way around the world (he’d done some growing up, learning and earning a living by then, though). Fetching up in Britain, he established himself as a designer, cartoonist and illustrator, making his living by drawing 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 latter light-hearted factoid files sold upwards of 20 million copies, and they’re still on sale if you need more fact-based fun and frolics…

Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals was a compulsively entertaining bestiary highlighting and introducing a raft of fabulous animals and he has – finally – come back with a second stunning selection in this glorious full-colour hardback tome. Here abide mysterious things with odd names, all described and delineated with wit, empathy and proper facts like Size; What they eat; Where they live; their Status (from Data Deficient to Extinct) plus a specific fact on each that will delight or disgust, depending on your age or intellectual maturity…

Kindly introduce yourself to and be beguiled by engrossing and unmissable, candidates such as the Dingiso, Forest Musk Deer, Two Gliders (aerial possums the Yellow-Bellied and Feathertail), Black and Rufous Sengi, the astonishing Blainville’s Beaked Whale, Tamandua, Grey Slender Loris, Indian Giant Squirrel (and it so is!!), Forest Buffalo & Red River Hog, Three Bats (Pied, Painted and Honduran White Bat), Patas Monkey, Yellow-Throated Marten, Giant Kangaroo Rat, Ribbon Seal, Mountain Tapir, Syrian Brown Bear, Ringtail Cat, Maned Wolf, Gerenuk & Dibitag, Altai Argali and Celebes Crested Macaque: once more accompanied by an extremely accessible Glossary

Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals 2 (More Brilliant Beasts you never knew you needed to know about) is a wonderful, joyous celebration of quirky animal underdogs we just cannot see enough of, so let’s get BBC wildlife programming off the Blue Planet and into some Lost Worlds, pretty please…
© 2019 Martin Brown. All rights reserved.

Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals 2 will be published on April 4th 2019 and is available for pre-order now.