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How the Borks Became : An Adventure in Evolution - Jonathan Emmett

How the Borks Became

An Adventure in Evolution

By: Jonathan Emmett, Elys Dolan (Illustrator)

Paperback Available: 1st October 2019
ISBN: 9781910959664
Number Of Pages: 32

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A gentle and humorous way of introducing the concept of evolution to young children.

Borks live on a planet quite like our own Earth. They have shaggy yellow fur and long thin necks. But once they had short blue fur and almost no necks at all. How could this happen? Well, it didn't come about all at once ... Jonathan Emmett tells a delightful story in verse about the Borks and all the things that happened to make them gradually look quite different, while still remaining Borks. And by the end of the story, the reader will have a very good notion of how Evolution by natural selection works.

Book Features:

  • A clear and easy-to-understand introduction for young children to the principles of evolution.
  • By bestselling picture book author Jonathan Emmett, author of Pigs Might Fly and many other acclaimed titles.
  • Includes time-line and endnote on evolution and Charles Darwin.

  • About the Author

    Jonathan Emmett’s books have been translated into 30 languages and have won fifteen awards in Britain and the USA. He trained and worked as an architect but left the profession to become a stay-at-home dad and pursue a career as an author and paper engineer. His first book Doohickey and the Robot, was published in 1999 and he has since written over 60 more books for children. Jonathan names Dr Seuss, Maurice Sendak and Roald Dahl as great childhood influences on his writing. When he’s not writing or paper-engineering, Jonathan likes to design and make furniture. He lives in Nottingham.

    About the Illustrator

    Elys Dolan is rapidly becoming a big name as one of the finest humorous illustrators around. An author as well as an artist, she grew up in Sussex, went to Cambridge School of Art, and lives in Cambridge. Her own books include Weasels and Nuts in Space, and she has also illustrated Jonathan Emmett’s The Clockwork Dragon (2015).

    Industry Reviews

    "In this delightful and instructive picturebook (dedicated by the author to Charles Darwin) Jonathan Emmett has written his own origin of the species... the species here being the Bork. You might not have heard of Borks before but fear not, Jonathan is an expert....The story of the evolution of the Borks is skillfully told in rhyme which makes it great to read out loud. Not only will children be entertained by the story of the Borks but they will also learn about evolution of creatures (and natural selection) which will make it a useful book to share in the classroom. Elys Dolan's artwork perfectly compliments Jonathan's text. It's bright and eyecatching, and gives the reader lots to look our for on each spread." - An Awfully Big Blog Spot

    "If you are looking for a book that is both fun to read and educational, you have found it here! The Borks are a likeable animal and their evolution and challenges are explained in an entertaining and educational way ... The big, colourful pictures bring the science to life and telling the tale through rhyme makes it accessible and fun to read. You can't fault a book that makes challenge science accessible to even the youngest minds!" - Father Reading Every Day

    "Evolution can be a difficult concept to explain to children, but this amusing picture book presents it beautifully. Reminiscent of Dr Seuss books, it's a fantastically funny tale with wonderfully vibrant illustrations." - Booktrust - Books we Love

    "What an utterly brilliant way to describe evolution. Full of imagination, cleverness, detail and fun. Highly recommended!" - Read it, Daddy!

    "What an utterly brilliant way to describe evolution. Full of imagination, cleverness, detail and fun. Highly recommended!" - Read it, Daddy!

    ISBN: 9781910959664
    ISBN-10: 1910959669
    Audience: Children
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Available: 1st October 2019
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 24.0  x 0.5
    Weight (kg): 0.19

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