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Matt Sewell's follow-up to the mega-hit Dinosaurs is a beautifully-illustrated large format look at the amazing beasts that time forgot - from the relatively well known, such as the sabre-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth, to the obscure monsters that walked the earth millions of years ago - many now forgotten. New findings are being made every year, and research is showing us exactly how these beasts looked and how they lived.

Creatures illustrated and described include:

  • Sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths
  • Glyptodon - an armadillo as big as a VW Beetle car
  • Megalodon - a monster 60 foot (18m) shark
  • Water King penguin - a red and grey penguin the size of a man
  • Ornimegalonyx - a huge Cuban flightless owl, the largest owl that ever existed, at over 3 feet (1m) tall
  • Deinotherium - a strange-looking and huge, elephant-like creature with tusks positioned on its lower jaw and curved, facing downwards
  • Short-nosed bear - a massive fearsome bear that kept North America human free
  • Megatherium - the giant sloth, as large as a modern elephant

Less celebrated than the dinosaurs, the range of beasts is equally impressive, every one a scary, amazing creature that actually stalked the planet. Like the dinosaurs, these beasts are awe-inspiring in their variety, with amazing details not seen on animals today and in a wide variety of furs, feathers and colours, making for a stunning collection of illustrations.

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15th October '18
rsa read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
A lovely book with excellent watercolours of the various 'beasts' by Matt Sewell. Each page is dominated more by the picture of the animal in question than listing a load of facts about it. My son enjoyed looking through it and was impressed by the sheer scale of these animals. A lot of the 'beasts' he was already acquainted with due to being a religious fan of Nigel Marvin a few years ago and having watched David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (well worth a watch if your child has enjoyed this book). I liked the illustrated timeline and explanation of terms for beasts who had specific diets. Overall it would make a delightful present for a child who likes natural history.
15th October '18
I read it to Soopa aged 4 aged 4
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
What an absolutely stupendous book! The whole family have become entranced by it, not just my daughter. The size of the book together with the illustrations give it a sense of gravitas. We were filled with awe reading about the animals that used to roam the earth and had fun trying to pronounce all their names. The facts about the animals and the striking images kept our interest and gave rise to questions about what happened to the animals and evolution in general - such a conversation starter. It is a book that we will keep forever and keep going back to over the years.
7th December '18
BraveKnight read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
I thought this book was amazing! I have read lots of books about dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts but this was the best one ever. The drawings were really cool and I liked the way it told you how tall and heavy all the creatures were too. Mummy says she's never heard me say "Oh my gosh!" so often!
20th October '18
NMcKinnon read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
This book has beautiful drawings in it. Some of the animals look a lot like the animals we have today, but are different. It is good to find out about animals we used to have. Some have very funny names. This is a good book for learning, but it is very interesting too. 
12th October '18
I read it to Ivy aged 5 aged 5
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
Wonderful book full of stunning illustrations and facts about extinct animals and creatures. We loved this book because we found out so many fun and interesting things about creatures we didn’t even know existed. Ivy has taken this book into school today to show her class friends. This is a fantastic book to have along side our regular animal encyclopaedia. 
12th October '18
I read it to Ibby aged 6 aged 6
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
What an utterly delightful&  stunningly beautiful book! 

I can not stress just how beautifully illustrated it is. It features animals that have been forgotten such as the megalodon and zygolophodn. This hardback book is a stunning book and we are so proud & happy to have it in our collection. 
12th October '18
I read it to ElijahG aged 5 aged 5
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
This is a beautiful book.  My nearly 6yr old loves it but it would also be a fab book for older children who are interested in dinosaurs/prehistoric times. It is wonderfully written - informative but in a relaxed, playful style making it easy to engage with.  It’s an interesting topic and not one I’ve come across before in children’s books. I’d highly recommend it for children who like Andy’s prehistoric adventure.  Fabulous, beautiful book!
12th October '18
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 6 aged 6
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
5 stars
This is a really nice hardback book, great quality and the illustrations are super. Features all the forgotten animals and tells you about them too. My animal loving little boy loved this book.
1st November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
4 stars
This is a beautiful illustrated book. The description of each beast was really informative without being too difficult to understand. I would certainly recommend the book for children of Junior school age. The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 is that some of the beasts have very complicated names and it would have helped if the correct way to pronounce them was shown.
14th October '18
I read it to Benji aged 5 aged 5
Forgotten Beasts 9781843653936
4 stars
This is a fantastic book to either start children enjoying the wonderful world we live in, or to inspire a continuing love of the natural world (the latter is the case with my own son). Which is slightly ironic considering these creature no longer occupy our world! However, the illustrations are beautiful and quite simple, even plain, which I really liked, as it just adds to their majesty and mystery, considering scientists don't really know what they look like anyway. As long as they have huge teeth and tusks, my son liked them! There is only a little writing on each page and it contains lots of scientific language, which means read to, rather than tried to read. But, I think this just adds to the magic of the book. 
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About Matt Sewell

Artist and illustrator Matt Sewell has been described as the Banksy of the bird world. Matt works in a variety of media including T-shirts, posters, interiors, sculptures and walls. He has illustrated for the Guardian and Barbour, amongst many others; painted underpasses for the RSPB; and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris, as well as...

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