Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium by Maja Safstrom

Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium

A whimsically illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about extinct animals. In this beautifully illustrated book, Swedish artist and author of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, Maja Safstrom, explores the world of extinct animals. Animals of a Bygone Era features 54 extinct animals from the ancient and modern world--including w...

Title:Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium
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ISBN:0399578528
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:112 pages

Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium Reviews

  • Lauren James
    Nov 06, 2016

    This is such a lovely, humorous, carefully illustrated book. Just the right mix of fact and fun to keep both children and adults paying attention. This would be such a nice christmas gift!

  • Carly
    Nov 21, 2016

    If you're looking for a whimsical, beautifully illustrated, and just plain fun coffee-table book, Maja Säfström's

    could be just the thing. The book is short but very sweet, with quaint drawings and mischievous comments that make it a thoroughly enjoyable read for kids or adults.

    I wish I could show a few examples of the inside pages, but so far the publisher hasn't released any, so I'll do my best to describe the format. Each animal gets two pages, with one or more creatur

    If you're looking for a whimsical, beautifully illustrated, and just plain fun coffee-table book, Maja Säfström's

    could be just the thing. The book is short but very sweet, with quaint drawings and mischievous comments that make it a thoroughly enjoyable read for kids or adults.

    I wish I could show a few examples of the inside pages, but so far the publisher hasn't released any, so I'll do my best to describe the format. Each animal gets two pages, with one or more creatures, short handwritten comments pointing to the animal. Often the animal itself has a few comments; for example, the Eomanis, a predecessor of the modern pangolin, has some notes on the page saying that it started as a vegetarian but ended up eating insects. The page has the following dialogue:

    Pangolin: "Hi guys..."

    Insects: "You're just gonna eat this leaf, right?"

    Pangolin: "Well."

    If you're in the mood for a whimsical picture book that will make for an enjoyable read for kids and adults, then

    is well worth a look.

  • Jason
    Dec 16, 2016

    This wonderful book contains some superb quirky illustrations of animals that long ago went extinct. I found it fascinating to read, very few of the animals were known to me, a few I knew about from watching nature docs about animals of the past. A few have very little known about them and the drawings are interpretations on what fossil evidence we have. Travelling back in time to when these animals roamed the earth would be very scary indeed, the size of some of the animals is down-right mad...

    This wonderful book contains some superb quirky illustrations of animals that long ago went extinct. I found it fascinating to read, very few of the animals were known to me, a few I knew about from watching nature docs about animals of the past. A few have very little known about them and the drawings are interpretations on what fossil evidence we have. Travelling back in time to when these animals roamed the earth would be very scary indeed, the size of some of the animals is down-right mad...a scorpion the size of a man? Count me out.

    Maja has included some funny comments with the drawings, usually along the lines of the animal defending it's oddities. They give you a good chuckle.

    A couple of facts are also included with each animal and this is where the book fails a bit for me, having a few more facts per page would make you pause and examine the illustrations more, I did keep catching myself whizzing through the book at times.

    Still this is wonderful book to read and I highly recommend you give it a go.

  • Muthuvel Deivendran
    Dec 17, 2016

    Elasmosaurus, Titanoboa, Moa, Terror birds, Giant Sea Scorpions, Walking Whales, Shiva's Beast, Horned Gophers, Basilosaurus, Woolly Mammoths, Tasmanian Tigers, Giant saddle Tortoises and many more creatures that we almost know nothing about. Surprising to know about a few who managed to survive killer asteroids, post pluvial era of heavy rainfalls, Earthquakes, Dark Ice ages and eventually Ubeen succumbed to pity humans.

    It's a very informative book on paleontology and history of our ancestors

    Elasmosaurus, Titanoboa, Moa, Terror birds, Giant Sea Scorpions, Walking Whales, Shiva's Beast, Horned Gophers, Basilosaurus, Woolly Mammoths, Tasmanian Tigers, Giant saddle Tortoises and many more creatures that we almost know nothing about. Surprising to know about a few who managed to survive killer asteroids, post pluvial era of heavy rainfalls, Earthquakes, Dark Ice ages and eventually Ubeen succumbed to pity humans.

    It's a very informative book on paleontology and history of our ancestors or maybe our ancestors' ancestors. Those illustrations of Maja are too quirky and adorable. Sad these creatures aren't alive now.

    The book will be published by April 2017 and i hope to get a hardcopy for my adorable collection.

    ~ I'm thankful to Netgalley and Ten speed Press, USA for this advance copy.

  • Kristine
    Mar 22, 2017

    Adored it! This is a simple, biological, non-dinosaur-centric sketchbook with dark grey on grey (or vise versa) and black focal highlight drawings and quirky, not fully scientific, arrowed descriptions of anatomy, size, and life conditions of prehistoric and/extinct creatures. A perfect read for all ages and all levels of interests in animals.

  • Jeimy
    Apr 02, 2017

    Maja Säfström's somewhat whimsical illustrations perfectly accompany tidbits about animals that no longer roam our planet.

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