by Millie Marotta, Batsford
Cyanea capillata The lion’s mane jellyfish is a jelly giant. The largest recorded specimen was found in 1870 and had a body 7.5ft (2m) in diameter and tentacles over 120ft (37m) long – that’s longer than a blue whale. Even better than that – it is bioluminescent, which means it glows in the dark!
Odobenus rosmarus A walrus’s tusks can grow up to 3ft (1m) long. They are used against predators, to establish dominance, to cut holes in the sea ice and to help heave the walrus’ enormous bulk out of the water. When I say enormous, I mean enormous – a walrus calf weighs about 14 stone (89kg) […]
Alces alces With their long faces, oversized muzzles that flop over their chins and strange flap of skin that dangles beneath their throats, moose are really strange looking creatures. Add to that the male’s velvety antlers, which can span 6ft (2m) from front to back and weigh as much as 88lbs (40kg), this is a […]
Diactor bilineatus This clever little bug has evolved hind legs that appear to look like leaves. When threatened the bug raises its hind legs and waves its ‘leaves’, either to convince the attacker that it really is some leaves rustling in the breeze or as a deterrent, making the bug appear larger than it really […]
Sepiida When it comes to weird, the cuttlefish has it mastered. It has green-blue blood, three hearts, can change its skin colour and when threatened squirts a cloud of ink to hide itself. If that fails, it squirts ink mixed with mucous to create a smaller, denser cloud similar in size and shape to its […]
Caterpillars really are remarkable creatures. Their main job is to eat – without proper nutrition a caterpillar may not have enough energy to complete its metamorphosis into a butterfly or moth. Some caterpillars increase their body mass by as much as 1,000 times!
Strix nebulosa The great grey owl is a magnificent bird and a master hunter. With extra-large facial discs directing sound to feather-covered ear openings, it has incredibly acute hearing, so sensitive that it can accurately locate prey from a perch 300ft (91m) away, even under snow or in a tunnel.
Euchoreutes naso The long-eared jerboa is dwarfed by its enormous ears, which it uses at night to locate its prey. Like tiny kangaroos, they jump using their back legs – which are more than four times longer than their front legs – allowing them to leap up to 10ft (3m) either horizontally or vertically. That’s […]
Bradypus variegatus The sloth is the world’s slowest mammal, it moves so slowly that algae grows on its furry coat. The algae works to the sloth’s advantage though, helping it to be camouflaged amongst the tress and better hidden from predators.
Vulpes ferrilata This is one odd-looking fox. It has rather a large square shaped head – though this is mostly the shape of the fur – and narrow eyes that appear to give the impression that this little fox is rather pleased with itself, some would even say smug. Despite that, perhaps even because of […]
Colour your own Tropical Wonderland and Win a Spa Break with Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, the new book by the author of the No.1 bestseller Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom. The competition is open to residents of the UK only and the deadline for entries is 1st September 2015. Let your creativity run wild as you […]
To celebrate the start of the summer, we have 3 free downloads from A Line Around England so you can get colouring and be inspired to explore England’s landmarks. Fall in love with England again through Simon Harmer’s wonderful line drawings of England’s iconic landmarks and landscape, capturing the quintessential character of English towns, cities […]
Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, the much-anticipated follow-up to the No.1 bestseller Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom is now available in all good bookshops and online. Millie’s previous book – Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom – has been translated into 30 languages worldwide and there are currently well over one million copies in print. Over half a million copies of […]
Colouring books for adults have been hugely popular, and their popularity shows no sign of stopping as more and more adults turn away from their electronic devices and look to colouring as a way to relax and escape the stresses of modern life. Whether used as a creative outlet, or a relaxing and mindful activity, […]
Colouring in is no longer just for children! The activity has become hugely popular among adults in France as a method to help combat stress and anxiety, and the trend is making its way over to Britain. In Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom you’ll find a world of wonderful creatures to colour in, personalise and make […]