Review: The Amazing Animal Adventure

The Amazing Animal Adventure is a large, hardcover book, filled with illustrations from all around the world.  A look and find book that teaches about different ecosystems.  Let me show you through this book eh?

This is such a neat book, one of the things I like about it is, it doesn't just talk about the typical ecosystems, it does mention the taiga and the rainforest and systems like that.

BUT it also ventures into the lesser known ecosystems like the Japanese Hot Springs, the mountains of the moon and hydrothermal vents.  I have NEVER seen an ecosystem book talk about hydrothermal vents so I was most impressed.

21 different ecosystems, each with a two page spread.  Each system has a small write up about it and numerous items for the reader to locate.  Along with another challenge to complete.

It's simple enough for a child to complete, yet challenging enough to intrigue older people as well.  Some pages I really had to hunt to find the hidden items, and other pages were fairly simple.   It's all in how the eye looks and the brain processes what it is seeing.

As you can see, each two page spread is in full colour, with lots of details added.

The teaching block is written clearly, with good lettering and size.  Making it easy to read along with your children if desired.

I very much appreciated how each of the items you are search for has a picture beside it as well as a brief description with it.  Did you know that the burrowing owl uses old prairie dog burrows?
I found the add-on challenge a nice little touch, giving the reader an extra item (or three) to look for when they are done the main search.

This is a great resource to have on hand if you are studying ecosystems.  You can easily give to a student and, depending on age, ask them to find out more about any of the systems in the book and give you a report on it.

You could use it with younger students to simply introduce the huge variety in ecosystems that can be found on this great planet of ours. 

If you are concerned that you won't be able to find all the hidden items, there is a solution page at the end of the book as well as additional resources such as animal world records, endangered animals and how animals are classified. 

It's a wonderful book that we won't be letting go of quickly as it's fun to have around and gives me ideas for research subjects for the lad.  :)

Just as a sidenote: the book binding was superb.  It's very sturdy, my lad noticed the yarn showing through on the pages and said "neat!".  Not something often seen in a book now. 

The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-world Spotting Adventure
Illustrator: Brendan Kearny
Publisher: Laurence King
Pages:  64
Age Range: 6 and up
Size: 10.55 x 14.1

Reviewed for: Raincoast Books The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-World Spotting Expedition The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-World Spotting Expedition


  1. This book looks great! I am putting it on my 'to purchase soon' list!

    1. It is a good book. :) I think your youth would enjoy it.

  2. Neat book! We got one similar recently but it doesn't have the ecosystem write-ups like your does. That is definitely something cool.

    1. It is a really cool book


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