Balzer + Bray Lovely Beasts
Balzer + Bray Lovely Beasts

Lovely Beasts

By Kate Gardner


Publication Date: January 5, 2021

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

An acclaimed picture book about the unexpected sides of seemingly scary wild animals—a lesson in empathy and overcoming preconceived biases in all creatures—as well as a stunning appreciation of our endangered wildlife. Now in paperback!

Spiders are creepy. Porcupines are scary. Bats are ugly. Or are they . . . ? This captivating book invites you to look beyond your first impressions at these awe-inspiring animals in the wild. After all, it’s best not to judge a beast until you understand its full, lovely life.

About the Author

Kate Gardner says hello to every animal she encounters, regardless of its reputation. Once, she was even voluntarily shocked by an electric eel named Thor. Kate lives in Somerville, MA, with three lovely beasts (one of whom is her husband).Heidi Smith is a freelance character designer and visual development artist who graduated from the character animation program at the California Institute of Arts. She was the character designer and conceptual designer for ParaNorman, and she won an Annie Award for her designs in 2013. She has also worked as a character designer for Henry Selick at Cinderbiter, the Jim Henson Company, and Warner Bros. Heidi lives in Arizona. You can visit her online at

Format: Paperback

Length: 48 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

ISBN: 9780063019751

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