The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures

Written by Judy Young
Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci

[ Hidden Bestiary - Book Cover Image ]
                  I'm Basil B. Barnswhitten and I have a quest
                  To find hidden creatures that I like best,
                  Then help me determine if those I have listed
                  Are extinct or endangered or never existed!

Go with Basil B. Barnswhitten on his journeys around the world in search for his favorite creatures! Finding them won't be easy as the lushly, detailed illustrations not only serve as camouflage, but also as habitats for other creatures as well! And while searching, use the clues in the poems to answer three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? A field guide in the back can help your search by giving more specific information about each animal.


  • 2011/2012 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nomination


Kirkus Review: "Reporting in verse on his world-spanning travels, naturalist B.B. Barnswhitten sets out in search of 14 rarely (or never) seen creatures from the golden toad to the Loch Ness Monster. He has no success, but sharp-eyed readers will … fans of Graeme Base's Water Hole (2001) and its ilk will enjoy playing "spot the beastie."

The Deepening: "Delightful, The Hidden Bestiary by Judy Young, is an adventure, an exploration, and a series of visual puzzles set to marvelous prose, all rolled into a wonderful, exquisitely produced volume guaranteed to enchant both young and old. I shared it with my "test" kids, ages four through thirteen, and "enthralled" is the word. They each couldn't wait to get to hold the book themselves and page through it, looking at all there was to see. And the discussion throughout between the kids was great…"

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, 2009

Hard Cover 32 pp. ISBN 978-1-58536-433-6
US $16.95
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