Nicola Davies - Author

About the Author

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys

Read more about Nicola Davies here.

Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

Featured books by Nicola Davies

The Promise

The Promise

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014.  This is a picture books of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world. The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl's journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

Whale Boy

Whale Boy

9+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a terrible storm wrecks his home, Michael is forced to take a job working for a rich, mysterious newcomer named Spargo. Spargo asks Michael to search for one thing in the deep waters around Rose Town - whales...

A Girl Called Dog

A Girl Called Dog

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

This is a spirit-soaring tale of adventure, friendship and belonging that will appeal to all lovers of books by Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl.

Other books by Nicola Davies

The Eel Question

The Eel Question

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Bee Boy and the Moonflowers

Bee Boy and the Moonflowers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The Little Mistake

The Little Mistake

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Flying Free

Flying Free

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The Secret of the Egg

The Secret of the Egg

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2018

Brave and the Fox

Brave and the Fox

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Written by award-winning writer Nicola Davies, with artwork by bestselling illustrator Seb Braun. In the cold and icy white of her homeland, Akiak embarks on a hunting trip - and as day turns to night, she findsherself on an unexpected adventure with danger, discovery and, most of all, magic. A story of bravery, determination and survival against the odds, Brave and the Fox will warm your heart with every read. Also includes: special environmental information in the back of the book.

Perfect

Perfect

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2018

Ariki and the Giant Shark

Ariki and the Giant Shark

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A funny, touching and original mystery-adventure about a young girl living on a tropical island - the first in a new series. From multi award-winning author Nicola Davies comes a new adventure series, starring a young girl living on a tropical island in a sea full of islands. Washed up on Turtle Island as a toddler, Ariki has always felt different from the other children. But there's somewhere she belongs heart and soul: the sea, where she plays with dolphins, sharks, whales and turtles. One day Ariki catches sight of a strange creature in the water, bigger than any she's seen before - soon after, an enormous shark tooth is found on the sand. When a group of giant sharks start circling the shore, the island's fishermen are too afraid to go out to sea. Without fish the people will starve... Can Ariki save the day? The first in an exciting new series, this book is strikingly original but has the feel of a classic: Ariki's world is a timeless paradise, and children are sure to fall under the spell of this cheeky, charming little girl.

How to Draw: The Word Bird

How to Draw: The Word Bird

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2018

How to Draw: Into the Blue

How to Draw: Into the Blue

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2018

The Pond

The Pond

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

The Variety of Life

The Variety of Life

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Our planet is full of life! Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle - but only eight species of bear? This stunning book explores the extraordinary diversity of the natural world and profiles some of its most surprising creatures. A glorious celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies, illustrated by rising star Lorna Scobie. There is something to delight on every page with fascinating facts about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world's biodiversity and help to stop it slipping away.

Discover Science: Deserts

Discover Science: Deserts

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Make science accessible with this essential series that will capture children's imagination while laying the foundation for future learning. With clear, simple language and a compelling design, Discover Science gives young readers the answers to fundamental questions about animal homes, birds, light and sound, materials and more.

Animal Surprises: How to Draw

Animal Surprises: How to Draw

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Dolphin Baby

Dolphin Baby

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Follow baby Dolphin on his great adventure in the big blue ocean with this perfect first reference book, teeming with new discoveries. The moment Dolphin Baby pops into the blue, he swims up, up, up ... and takes his very first breath. From then on, the baby calf swims close to his mother's side, discovering all there is to know about life under the sea. Dolphin has lots to learn including making new friends, catching his first fish, whistling ... and saying his own name in special dolphin-sound!

Just Ducks!

Just Ducks!

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

From spring right through to winter ... there they are! Down on the river! Quack quuuack, Quack-quaack-quack... What do you know about ducks? I bet you know that they quack ... a lot! Well, discover much more in this book that's all about, well, just ducks! Learn all about which is a boy duck and which is a girl, why some quack louder and others more softly. Find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!

The Pond

The Pond

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2017

Elias Martin

Elias Martin

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

The Selkie's Mate

The Selkie's Mate

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Word Bird

Word Bird

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2017

Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet and top children's book author, Nicola Davies.Follow her young adventurer as she treks through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees.A The Word BirdA features birds of all shapes, sizes and colours. Fully illustrated in colour by exciting new illustrator Abbie Cameron.Full educational notes on all of the animals featured in Animal Surprises are available to download from the Graffeg website."e;Nicola Davies knows just how to make scientific concepts interesting and accessible, even to the youngest children. The Word BirdA shows the huge variety within one big category - birds. All this creates a space in children's minds ready for more advanced teaching and learning about the natural world later on. The sharing adult will be able to help children link what they see in the books with their own outdoor experiences. I'm sure these books will be favourites to look at again and."e; Books for Keeps

White Hare

White Hare

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

Back then, humans and animals were fellow beings under the sky. Perhaps that's why it seemed possible for humans to change into animals.A story of shapeshifting between the human and animal worlds. Ostra is tempted into marriage with Wolvas the huntsman so that she can escape a harsh life but the birds and animals that befriend her warn her against him. Beautifully illustrated throughout.One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

Mother Cary's Butter Knife

Mother Cary's Butter Knife

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

The smallest of three brothers, Keenan Mowat had a priceless talent: he loved the sea and the sea loved him right back. In this supernatural tale, Keenan Mowat takes on the sea. Beautifully illustrated throughout.One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

Perfect

Perfect

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

PerfectA is a story of anticipation, disappointment, acceptance and, ultimately, love. Written by award-winning children's author Nicola Davies, it tells the story of a young boy learningA to accept his baby sister as beingA perfect in every way in spite of her disability. Suffused with natural imagery,A PerfectA is an ideal wayA toA open up the subject of disability with children, as well as being a great story in its own right. Beautifully illustrated by Cathy Fisher,A PerfectA is a truly remarkable book guaranteed to bring a lump to the throat.Cathy Fisher was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 for her work on Perfect."e;Stories as deeply felt, and as exquisitely crafted asA PerfectA are the food that nourish the soul"e; -A Nikki Gamble, education consultant"e;It made me breathe a sigh of relief to remember that words and pictures can help widen and explain the world for children. It intrigues, involves and soothes its reader - all at the same time."e; -Laura Carlin, artist and illustrator"e;This is an extraordinarily beautiful and unusual book that has an appeal far wider than its obvious subject matter.A young boy is entranced by the fledgling swifts that learn to fly from their nests in the attic. When his new baby sister arrives home, he looks forward to playing with her - imagining them both racing and chasing like the birds.But it's soon clear that she has problems (unspecified) and he runs away from her imperfections, sad and disappointed.Alone in his garden, he finds an injured baby swift and helps it fly again, and in doing so realises that maybe all his sister needs is his love and attention to be perfect in her own way. Written with gentle sensitivity and stunningly illustrated, it's a very special book."e; -A Sally Morris,A The Daily Mail"e;A fledgling swift helps a child cope with disappointment when a baby sister is different than expected. An emotionally vivid, hopeful illustration of unpredictability, disappointment, and acceptance-recommended for children and parents alike."e;A Kirkus Starred Review"e;PerfectA recognises the capacity of young readers to handle and enjoy ambiguity in a book. It offers many opportunities to think about the meaning of every phrase, with several different interpretations. Cathy Fisher's pictures can also be interpreted in different ways as they too often depict far more than the literal story. This is a beautifully crafted, complex book which can certainly be appreciated by young children and older readers. Everyone will take something different on each reading; there is plenty here for us all to discover."e;A The School Librarian journal,A vol. 64 no. 3, School Library Association

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet and top children's book author, Nicola Davies.Follow her young adventurer as she treks through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees.A Into the BlueA features delightful characters from the deep blue sea. Fully illustrated in colour by exciting new illustrator Abbie Cameron. Full educational notes on all of the animals featured in Animal Surprises are available to download from the Graffeg website."e;Nicola Davies knows just how to make scientific concepts interesting and accessible, even to the youngest children. For example the notion of the food chain is introduced inA Into the BlueA when we see 'silvery sand eels that sparkle and glimmer, And puffins collecting them up for their dinner!'All this creates a space in children's minds ready for more advanced teaching and learning about the natural world later on. The sharing adult will be able to help children link what they see in the books with their own outdoor experiences. I'm sure these books will be favourites to look at again and."e; Books for Keeps

Animal Surprises

Animal Surprises

Author: Nicola Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet and top children's book author, Nicola Davies. Follow her young adventurer as she treks through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees. Animal Surprises features animals big, small, wide and tall. Full educational notes on all of the animals featured in Animal Surprises are available to download from the Graffeg website."e;Nicola Davies knows just how to make scientific concepts interesting and accessible, even to the youngest children. Animal SurprisesA reveals the different sizes and shapes of animals and the different ways in which they move. All this creates a space in children's minds ready for more advanced teaching and learning about the natural world later on. The sharing adult will be able to help children link what they see in the books with their own outdoor experiences. I'm sure these books will be favourites to look at again and."e; Books for Keeps

The White Hare

The White Hare

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2016

Mother Cary's Butter Knife

Mother Cary's Butter Knife

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2016

Animal Surprises

Animal Surprises

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2016

The Word Bird

The Word Bird

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2016

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2016

Perfect

Perfect

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2016

I (Don't) Like Snakes

I (Don't) Like Snakes

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2016

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world's most hated creatures - the snake! A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world's most hated creatures - the snake! Perhaps it's the way they slither, or maybe it's their slimy, scaly skin ... whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake - and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano's stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.

Just the Right Size Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

Just the Right Size Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! Why are some animals big, some wide, some small and others long and thin? This informative natural history book, wittily illustrated by Neal Layton, explains all about how animals fit in to their environment and why, big, wide, small, long or thin, they are all just the right size.

Survivors: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Survivors: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of Extreme Animals, from zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of Extreme Animals, one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series. Everywhere on Earth there is life. From polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes, animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human quicker than you can say coffin ! Discover how they do it in this amazing natural history book, with witty cartoon-style illustrations by Neal Layton, and find out who really is the toughest animal of all.

White Owl, Barn Owl

White Owl, Barn Owl

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Get to know these rare and beautiful birds in this warmly illustrated non-fiction picture book. The little girl in this book has never seen a barn owl, but one day her grandpa puts a nest-box high in the old oak tree. They wait and they wait until one spring night, just as the sky goes pink, a pale face looks out of it, then takes off towards them...

What's Eating You?

What's Eating You?

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! Every animal has a habitat where it can find food and shelter and have its babies. But there is one group of creatures whose habitats are not forests, seas or deserts. Instead they live on or in the bodies of other animals - in skin, hair, fur, feathers, blood, guts, livers, hearts and lungs. They are parasites. Uncover the secrets of their amazing life-cycles and dare yourself not to scratch or groan as you read ... then give in; it's impossible! Short written sections with creepy-crawly diagrams and comic strips by Neal Layton make this information book engaging and accessible for young minds.

The Leopard's Tail

The Leopard's Tail

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

An illustrated mountain adventure with Caucasian leopards, based on a real conservation project, from award-winning author Nicola Davies. The sixth title in Nicola Davies' Heroes of the Wild series is a mountain adventure based on a real conservation project to protect Caucasian leopards. Malik loves exploring the mountains near his village in Armenia, and he's never forgotten the leopard he once saw as a very young boy. But the night he hears a shot from a poacher's gun ring out across the mountain he knows his leopard is in grave danger. As Malik strives to find out who would want to kill such a beautiful creature, he uncovers a villainous plot that will mean not only the death of his rare and beloved leopard, but will harm every other living thing in the mountains too.

Bat Loves the Night

Bat Loves the Night

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Venture into the night with bats in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Did you know that bats aren't birds, but mammals? That they sleep upside down? That they shout as they fly, using their voice to find their way? Curious young minds will love learning about the life cycles of bats in this picture book which combines story with information.

I (Don't) Like Snakes

I (Don't) Like Snakes

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2015

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world's most hated creatures - the snake! A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook, by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world's most hated creatures - the snake! Perhaps it's the way they slither, or maybe it's their slimy, scaly skin ... whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake - and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano's stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.

One Tiny Turtle

One Tiny Turtle

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Follow a tiny turtle's life cycle with this fun, informative picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Follow a tiny turtle's life cycle with this fun, informative picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Watch and wonder as one tiny sea turtle grows and grows, before she heads back to the beach to become a mother herself. Curious young minds will love learning about the turtle life cycle in this picture book which combines story with information.

Ice Bear

Ice Bear

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

An informative, gorgeously illustrated study of the majestic polar bear. An informative, gorgeously illustrated study of the majestic polar bear. Huge, magnificent, alone, a white bear moves through the frozen Arctic. Powerful hunter, tender mother and gentle playmate - she shares this land of ice and snow with the Inuit people, who watch and learn from her. Come on an unforgettable journey into the world of the polar bear... Containing accurate information suitable for classroom projects and activities, this emotive, atmospheric picture book brings the icy grandeur of the Arctic to life.

Big Blue Whale

Big Blue Whale

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Find out about the largest mammal on the planet in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Find out about the largest mammal on the planet in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth. Curious young minds will love reading this sensuous exploration of what a blue whale feels, sounds and smells like, and learning facts about a whale's size, life-span, diet, babies and more.

Surprising Sharks

Surprising Sharks

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2015

Find out what sharks are really like in this fun, informative picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. The last word you want to hear when you're swimming in the warm blue sea is Shark! But most real sharks are not what you might expect. Some are no bigger than a chocolate bar, some have built-in fairy lights and most wouldn't go near a human, even if you were wearing a sign saying dinner ! So if you think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers, you're in for a big surprise.

The Whale Who Saved Us

The Whale Who Saved Us

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

An illustrated arctic adventure with bowhead whales, based on a real conservation project, from award-winning author Nicola Davies. The fifth title in Nicola Davies' Heroes of the Wild series is an arctic adventure based on a real conservation project to protect bowhead whales. Young and troubled Suki is sent to stay with relatives in Whale Bay after Suki's older brother Levi tries to commit suicide. Expecting to be bored and miserable, Suki is surprised by how much she thrives in the natural world: ice fishing, dog-sledding and even witnessing a whale hunt. But Levi's life remains in danger and unless Suki can find a reason for him to live she will never be able to help him. Could the bowhead whales of Whale Bay hold the answer? With beautiful illustrations by Annabel Wright, and information about the conservation project the story is based on, this chapter book for young readers will delight all those who love wildlife and care about conservation.

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers in this fascinating natural history book. Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross. This is one of six books in the Animal Science series - the best biology series ever!

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

An exciting new edition of a brilliantly funny book about how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size comes another funny and informative book on animal biology, this time looking at how and why animals communicate - for the purposes of mating, gathering food, warning of danger, and many many more. Biologist and children's writer Nicola Davies takes the reader all over the world and across a wide variety of enthralling species to discover the mysteries behind animal communciation, accompanied by Neal Layton's funny and colourful drawings - solid biology told with great wit and style.

The Promise

The Promise

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014.  This is a picture books of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world. The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl's journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

Everything You Need To Know: Animals

Everything You Need To Know: Animals

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Readers' imaginations will be fired on every page with this wonderful single-volume animal encyclopedia. The book is arranged into five chapters that explore the huge variety in the animal kingdom, how they get around, how they eat, animal senses and reproduction. A range of informative and interactive features perfectly enhance and consolidate each reference section.

Whale Boy

Whale Boy

9+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a terrible storm wrecks his home, Michael is forced to take a job working for a rich, mysterious newcomer named Spargo. Spargo asks Michael to search for one thing in the deep waters around Rose Town - whales...

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A brilliantly funny look at how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size comes another funny and informative book on animal biology, this time looking at how and why animals communicate - for the purposes of mating, gathering food, warning of danger, and many many more. Biologist and children's writer Nicola Davies takes the reader all over the world and across a wide variety of enthralling species to discover the mysteries behind animal communciation, accompanied by Neal Layton's funny and colourful drawings - solid biology told with great wit and style.

Frozen Solid at Silver Street Farm

Frozen Solid at Silver Street Farm

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Some farms are up in the hills ... or down long, winding lanes ... but Silver Street Farm is different - it's right in the middle of a town! It's winter and the residents of Lonchester are struggling against the Big Freeze. The ice on the canal is half a metre thick and there are snowdrifts two metres high! Meera, Karl and Gemma are delighted; school is closed which means they can be at Silver Street Farm all day. But there's no time to play - the animals need a lot of looking after in the cold. As the weather gets worse many people in Lonchester find themselves stuck without food. But a chance encounter with Boris, a sled dog belonging to a stranded Russian ballet company, gives Meera a brilliant idea. With the help of the dancers, Boris and some friendly police dogs loaned by Sergeant Short, the Silver Street kids set up Lonchester's first dog-sled delivery service and come to the rescue of all those in trouble!

Who Lives Here?

Who Lives Here?

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Lift the flaps to find out who belongs where in this colourful, stylish biology book about animal habitats. Who Lives Here? is one of four simple novelty titles in the Uncover and Discover series that explores aspects of animal life for very young children. Who Lives Here? looks at where animals live in an enjoyable and friendly way with strong text from writer and biologist Nicola Davies accompanied by stunning artwork and simple lift-the-flap spreads. A fresh, stylish alternative to other books in the genre. A spread at the back encourages children to revisit what they have learned throughout the book.

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers! Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross.

Crowded Out at Silver Street Farm

Crowded Out at Silver Street Farm

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Some farms are up in the hills ... or down long, winding lanes ... but Silver Street Farm is different - it's right in the middle of a town! After a baby-filled spring, Silver Street Farm is bursting at the seams! The lambs refuse to stay in their pen, the pigs are restless and the chickens have set up home in the office. There's not enough space for all the new animals, but Meera, Karl and Gemma can't bear to say goodbye to even a single guinea-pig. If only there was some way for them to buy the deserted scrapyard next door from the elusive Mike Steely... When a chance encounter with famous director, Franco Lorenzo, leads to the children and animals getting involved in a film, it is the perfect opportunity to raise some much needed money and solve their overcrowding problem. It's also the moment when little Squirt's dreams of being an actor come true - and who should turn out to be Franco Lorenzo's half brother? Mike Steely!

Rubbish Town Hero

Rubbish Town Hero

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

Chipo and his little sister Gentle live on Papa Fudu's dumpsite in Rubbish Town, searching for valuable things amongst the rubbish to try to stay alive. Life isn't easy - luckily, Chipo has spirit, courage and lots of imagination! And now, he has a plan... But when Chipo and Gentle are caught with something precious that Papa Fudu wants for himself, they have to think quick, move fast. Suddenly they're on the run... Along with their friend Dede and their loyal dog, Mouse, Chipo and Gentle set off on a dangerous and exciting journey to find a safe place to call home - meeting a cast of extraordinary characters along the way.

Who's Like Me?

Who's Like Me?

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Lift the flaps and find out which animals are alike in this fun-filled, stylish biology book. Who's Like Me? is one of the four simple novelty titles in the Animal Surprises series that explores aspects of animal life for very young children. Who's Like Me? looks at animal classification in an enjoyable and friendly way with strong text from writer and biologist Nicola Davies accompanied by stunning artwork and simple lift-the-flap spreads. A fresh, stylish alternative to other books in the genre. Spreads at the back encourage children to revisit what they have learned throughout the book.

What Will I Be?

What Will I Be?

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Lift the flaps and find out how animals grow up in this fun-filled, stylish biology book. What Will I Be? is one of four simple novelty titles in the Animal Surprises series that explores aspects of animal life for very young children. What Will I Be? looks at animal growth, from egg to baby to fully grown, in an enjoyable and friendly way with strong text from writer and biologist Nicola Davies accompanied by stunning artwork and simple lift-the-flap spreads. A fresh, stylish alternative to other books in the genre. Spreads at the back encourage children to revisit what they have learned throughout the book.

Just Ducks!

Just Ducks!

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

From spring right through to winter ... there they are! Down on the river! Quack quuuack, Quack-quaack-quack... What do you know about ducks? I bet you know that they quack ... a lot! Well, discover much more in this book that's all about, well, just ducks! Learn all about which is a boy duck and which is a girl, why some quack louder and others softer. Find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!

A Girl Called Dog

A Girl Called Dog

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

This is a spirit-soaring tale of adventure, friendship and belonging that will appeal to all lovers of books by Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl.

Monsters of the Deep An Augmented Reality Book

Monsters of the Deep An Augmented Reality Book

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Monsters of the Deep is a tour of the most spectacular creatures in the oceans: the biggest, the fiercest and the strangest. It takes the reader's breath away with stunning visuals of truly astonishing animals. Plus there are four spreads in the book that trigger an Augmented Reality experience. See yourself in the diving cage, lowered deeper and deeper into the ocean. Then watch as a fearsome shark appears from the watery depths and rushes like a dagger towards you! It's simple to use. When you reach an Augmented Reality page, just select the relevant trigger card from the wallet at the front of the book, hold it up to your computer's webcam and get set for an interactive underwater experience! Press keys on your keyboard to watch fascinating video footage, view slideshows of related species and access additional facts.

Up On The Hill

Up On The Hill

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2008

All three stories in this collection deal with young children at a crisis in their lives. Maxy's mum is pregnant and has been taken into hospital with complications; Rose's family life has suddenly become difficult and different and she blames herself; and Lolly's mother has died and she and her grandparents are finding life very hard. Despite their difficulties, all three children eventually find strength and confidence through caring for animals on their farms.

White Owl, Barn Owl

White Owl, Barn Owl

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2007

The little girl in this book has never seen a barn owl, but when her grandpa puts a nest-box high in the old oak tree, they wait and they wait until one spring night, just as the sky goes pink, a pale face looks out of it, then takes off towards them.

Poo Mini Edition

Poo Mini Edition

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touch through it, rabbits eat it...and most humans prefer not to mention it at all! However you look at it, poo is probably the most useful stuff on Earth. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and every animal has its own special sort. Find out what it's for, where it goes, what we can learn from it, and lots more.

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2006

There is life everywhere on Earth. From polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes - animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human quicker than you can say 'coffin'. Discover how they do it - and find out who's the toughest animal of all.

Star in the Custard

Star in the Custard

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2004

Pont Readalone: Stories from Abergelli Street

Pont Readalone: Stories from Abergelli Street

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2002

This is a collection of five short stories for fledgeling readers - the latest in the PONT Read alone series. Delightful black and white illustrations enhance the stories. Abergelli Street, where Caradoc the Cat lives with Mrs Rhossili and the pigeons, Cleo and her dog, Mr Dynefor, find the scarecrow, Bwgan, who is quite happy to look after them, the foxes explore the rubbish bags whilst Bwgan looks after their babies, Councillor Pedr Pizza finds a half-frozen dragon in his green house and Brinley, the donkey is determined to fly.

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