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Awesome Animals Series



Awesome Animals Series … Quirky Facts by Award Winning Author Dianne Bates

“The Awesome Animals series features fascinating stories about animals from all over the world. Each beautifully styled book contains true stories and amazing facts about our best-loved pets: dogs, cats & horses.

About The Series: 

Featuring lots of gorgeous illustrations combined with images of the adorable dogs and cats from Best Friends Rescue and Little Legs Cat Rescue, these books are loaded with information and interesting facts. The inclusion of real-life images and stories of the charismatic animals from pet rescue organisations adds another level of education and inspiration.

Aimed at children 8 to 12 years of age, with a average reading age of 10, this series will appeal to both the trade and educational markets, with kids sure to enjoy the entertaining combination of interesting and bizarre facts and stories and wacky jokes and verse.


“Dianne Bates and Sophie Scahill have produced a handy, bookshelf friendly series of Awesome Animal books that present eager young readers with a mindboggling array of facts, figures, trivia, and fun stories for a menagerie of animals … I guarantee readers will learn something new each time they delve into these books … A brilliant, value-laden gift idea if ever there was one.” – Dimity Powell

“The inclusion of real-life images and stories of the charismatic animals from these pet rescue organisations adds another level of education and inspiration.” – KBR

“Horses: Fun facts and amazing stories is a compendium and a celebration of all things horse! Dianne Bates has sourced an amazing array of horse facts, stories, daring rescues, working horses, horses in movies and television and their historical origins. Colourful photographs of the Horse Shepherd / Equine Sanctuary animals highlight the importance of rescuing these animals. Playful horse caricatures drawn by Sophie Scahill add humour to this factual book – there’s a horse king perched on a throne and a horse relaxing with his glasses perched on the end of his nose reading a horse story. These brave animals have led soldiers into battle, supported Spanish conquistadors settling in new lands and moved the Barnum and Bailey Circus across North America. In the early 1900s there were 750 horses used to haul the carriages and animal cages, to help raise the big top and to perform acts. Walers were the horses used by the Australian light horseman in World War 1 to mobilise the cavalry into battle. Smallest, tallest, biggest, fastest, and oldest horses, there’s an array of horse records to pique the interest of many animal fans. Old Billy, an English barge horse, lived until he was 62 years old. The text is set out in easy to read boxes, some with colourful backgrounds, horse jokes and horse poems – nursery rhymes are also included. Horses: Fun facts and amazing stories is suitable for the capable reader who enjoys reading factual information.” Rhyllis Bignell –  ReadPlus Review

Dianne (Di) Bates

Dianne (Di) Bates

Dianne (Di) Bates has published 120+ books. Some of Di’s books have won national and state literary awards; others have sold overseas. Di has received Grants and Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and has toured for the National Book Council. Di has worked on the editorial team of a number of […]

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