Chris Packham presented the BBC's children's series The Really Wild Show before setting up his own TV company and making wildlife shows for ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet, and the BBC. He is currently presenting BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch. Chris lives in Southampton, England. Visit him at chrispackham.co.uk. Jason Cockcroft is an award-winning illustrator, best known for his internationally acclaimed picture book illustrations and his cover art for the final three Harry Potter books. He is also an accomplished watercolor artist and portrait painter whose work has been exhibited in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and London. Visit him at jasoncockcroft.co.uk.
"A friendly, fact-filled narrative with large, colorful, and labeled illustrations introduces a variety of animal homes--rocky caves, burrows and tunnels, spider webs, bee hives, termite homes, protective shells, nests, beaver lodges, and more. The author takes time to connect readers to the content: 'Like you, animals need a place to call home where they can be safe and be a family.' The colorful spreads show families observing various creatures in and around their homes. The images and text work well together. Packham ends with an invitation for readers to continue the journey on their own: 'Now that you've learned about so many unusual and interesting animal homes, perhaps you can try to find some when you are out and about near you own house.' Back matter provides even more information about each of the critters. VERDICT Highly recommended for animal studies, browsers, and independent readers. An informative, well-designed book." --School Library Journal