Title: Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys
Written by: Mike Unwin
Illustrated by: Jenny Desmond
Published by: Bloomsbury
Each spread of this illustrated non-fiction book talks us through the migration of twenty different animal from the hump-back whale to the green turtle. There are actually twenty-one incredible animal journeys included in the book if you count the swallows in the introduction. You can follow the emperor penguin through snow, ice and bitter temperatures; watch as the great white shark swims 10,000 km in search of seals; track huge herds of elephants, on their yearly hunt for water and be amazed at the millions of red crabs, migrating across Christmas Island.
Incredible Animal Journeys is a larger than A4 hardback book, which makes it ideal for sharing and discussing together. There are hundreds of facts and interesting snippets of information on each of the animals and is a credit to international travel writer, Mike Unwin. My first impression was the font was too small but as I read the book I realised this made it easier for the writing to fade into the background and for the reader to concentrate on the beautiful watercolour-painting illustrations whilst imagining each animal’s migration journey.
Incredible Animal Journeys is the kind of book a child will treasure forever.
This book review was previously published on the online Armadillo Children’s Book Review Magazine.