Sensational Australian Animals

April 2024
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th April
  • ISBN 9781486316892
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images colored illustrations throughout

Explore the fascinating world of native Australian animals through the five basic senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.

Covering more than 145 truly astounding animals – from sharp-eyed whale sharks to sticky-bellied green tree frogs – Sensational Australian Animals showcases the strange things these creatures can do with their eyes, ears, noses, mouths and skin! Meet birds that laugh, frogs that quack and fish that sing. Discover mammals that glow in the dark and seahorses disguised as seaweed. Be surprised by turtles that breathe through their bums and squirm at lizards that clean their eyes with their tongues. And then there’s the dangerous creatures that bite and sting!

Be intrigued, amazed and astonished by what insects, birds, spiders, fish and many other animals are capable of!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 8 to 12.


  • Highlights the rich diversity of unique and amazing animals that inhabit Australia.
  • Explores how animals use sight, sound, smell, taste and touch every day, in both expected and unexpected ways.
  • Showcases over 145 fascinating and intriguing insects, birds, arthropods, mammals, sea creatures and other animals.
  • Encourages us to explore our world and to appreciate, help conserve and look after our wildlife.

Sensational creatures

The eyes have it!
Magnificent marsupials
Bright-eyed birds
Amazing arthropods
Seaside show-offs
Rad reptiles

Did you hear that?
Boisterous birds
Impressive insects
Marvellous mammals
Full-throated frogs
Singing sea creatures

Follow your nose!
Clever critters
Putrid pongs
Peculiar proboscises

That’s tasty!
Fussy feeders
Gross guzzlers
Tasty treats
Unusual utensils

What a feeling!
Biting bugs
Stinging sea creatures
Awesome arachnids
Sensitive skin

Animal index

Stephanie Owen Reeder

Dr. Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of historical novels and picture books for children, including Swifty: The Super-fast Parrot. She has won the NSW Premier’s History Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for information books. She currently resides in Rivett, ACT.

Cher Hart

Cher Hart is a nature illustrator, graphic designer, and spatial analyst with a background in biology and a sense of fun. She has created scientific communication material for journals, exhibitions and government. This is her first published children’s book. She also currently resides in Rivett, ACT.

animal behavior; biodiversity; animal biology