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Bestselling author Christopher Lloyd began his career as a journalist with the Sunday Times newspaper. Then, while camping with his family, he had a critical realisation: even with a 1st class degree in history from Cambridge University and experience as a science writer, there was so much about the world he didn't know. So, he set out to write books that zoom out and tell the big stories, opening readers' eyes to how seemingly unrelated events fit together and showing them multiple perspectives on the world, all in highly engaging prose and matched with lively illustration and photography. Now, with several books in print, including the bestselling What on Earth Happened? and Absolutely Everything!, Chris divides his time between writing books and delivering lectures and workshops to schools, literary festivals, and a wide range of other venues around the world. He lives in Tonbridge, Kent, with his wife and two adorable terriers.

Mark Ruffle studied graphic design and then worked as an art editor for Oxford University Press, before becoming a freelance illustrator and designer. When he's not drawing animals or spaceships, among other things, he enjoys walking his dogs and cycling in the Cotswolds, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


"These examples and many more give a fascinating insight to the similarities between species and promote sympathy with the animal world - which can only be a good thing for future generations."

* Booktrust *


* Reading Zone *

"A great way for young readers to learn about empathy."

* Parents in Touch *

"These examples give a fascinating insight to the similarities between species and promote sympathy with the animal world - which can only be a good thing for future generations."

* Booktrust *

"Quite amazing, and the author's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Should be in every school library."

* Books for Keeps - 5 star review *

"A wealth of information about the ways in which animals work, build, live and have fun together."

* Armadillo *

"Completely engrossing, worthy of praise and hours of time spent perusing and reading."

* My Shelves are Full *

"A rich, colourful guide to 'incredible ways animals are just like us", this book will increase children's interest in, and empathy with living creatures, as well as making them laugh."

* Big Issue - Kids' books of the year 2019 *

"Little ones will be fascinated to discover just how similar they are to a surprising variety of creatures."

* Absolutely Mama *

"A highly interesting account of animal behaviour brought alive by Mark Ruffle's vibrant illustrations."

* Irish Examiner *

"Made me feel amazed, spooked and excited at the same time because animals are so similar to us...Overall I would describe it as vibrant, exciting and a bit wild."

* National Geographic Kids - Tom, aged 7 *

"Brilliant...Brimming with Lloyd's energy and enthusiasm, and with fun and learning on every page, this is a glorious celebration of our enduring relationship with all creatures great and small."

* Lancashire Evening Post *

"Great Scott!! What On Earth Books are producing some truly amazing non-fiction titles at the moment, and this one's so good that we just had to slap a "Book of the Week" award on it."

* Read it, Daddy! *

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