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A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 November 2020

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An Indie Bestseller
Amazon Editors' Pick--Best Nonfiction for Kids

An Indie Book Awards Best Children's Book of the Year
2020 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner

"The Perfect Gift for Curious Young Minds"--Mountain Life

"This informative book with spectacular illustrations of ugly animals will inform, entertain, and promote discussion about what is ugly and what is not."--4.5 stars, Sunday Telegraph

"Enough of the cute and cuddly, time to rethink the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness and to celebrate the weird and wonderful. Bayly researched and painted 60 of the world's most aesthetically challenged animals for her encyclopedia."--Sydney Morning Herald

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Sami Bayly holds a degree in natural history illustration from the University of Newcastle. She's drawn to the weird and wonderful--finding the beauty and importance in all living things, regardless of their appearance--and is eager to share her appreciation with others. She lives in Newcastle, Australia. Visit her at SamiBayly.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Experiment; Illustrated edition (3 November 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1615196935
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1615196937
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.57 x 1.59 x 23.65 cm
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Sami Bayly is a 25 year old natural history illustrator based in Armidale, NSW, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others.

Sami's first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award and the Australian Book Design Awards. It received the Honour Award for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and was shortlisted for the ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children and the ABA Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards.

Her second book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, received the Honour Award for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and was shortlisted for the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children and the Queensland Literacy Awards for the Children’s Book of The Year.

Both books have been published overseas in numerous countries, including the UK, USA and Russia with more to come.

To keep up to date you can follow Sami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samibayly/

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