Petr Horáček
A First Book of Animals

Walker Books (5+)

9781406359633 (hardback)

A spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breath-taking detail. With polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour.

These extraordinarily wide-reaching illustrations capture the wonder of the flora and fauna of Earth the world over. This book embraces and encapsulates the awe-inspiring base of the natural world with a range of artistic techniques, use of mixed media an accomplished use of scale. Double page spreads allow the poetic text to dance across the page whilst jewel-like colours and textured collages express the remarkable diversity of the natural world on a grand scale. Clever layouts and designs, with the occasional nod to works of natural history from yesteryear, make this a book which works on several levels. This is a visually arresting book that provides new experiences and exciting learning opportunities.


Petr Horáček (Czech) trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, painter and author-illustrator. His titles Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? won the Books for Children Newcomer Award in 2002.  He was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2012 for Puffin Peter. Petr lives in Worcester, England. 

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