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Atlas of Amazing Birds

Matt Sewell

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654063

Price: £16.99

Publication date: 5 September 2019

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Publication date: 10 October 2019

Category: Non-Fiction

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‘No budding ornithologist should be without Matt Sewell’s Atlas of Amazing Birds… sumptuous illustrations and brief captions tell us all we need to know.’ The Telegraph 

Matt Sewell, creator of Our Garden Birds, presents his personal selection of the most amazing birds from around the world, with dazzling watercolour illustrations, witty and informative descriptions and maps of every continent. 

Did you know that the bald eagle holds the record for the world’s biggest nest – weighing more than two tons? When the elf owl gets into trouble, it plays dead rather than fighting? The Adelie penguin can hold its breath for six minutes and leap up to three metres out of the water?

Discover these and many more fascinating facts in this fabulous and beautiful book. Every bird chosen to appear in this book is amazing in its own individual way – birds that migrate thousands of miles, have strange and showy mating rituals, survive in extreme environments, are brilliant builders, are super-fast, super-brave or super-big!

Sections on each continent – Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North America, South America and Antarctica – include maps to pore over. Travel the world to see magnificent eagles, resilient penguins, tiny hummingbirds, towering ostriches, stunning peacocks and many more.

Colourful, clever, song-filled, strange and stunning – this book is a celebration of bird life!


Artist and illustrator Matt Sewell has been described as the Banksy of the bird world. Matt has illustrated for the Guardian and Barbour, painted underpasses for the RSPB, and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris. His hugely popular bird books include Our Garden BirdsOur Woodland Birds and A Charm of Goldfinches. He has also illustrated children’s books including The Big Bird Spot, Dinosaurs, Forgotten Beasts and Atlas of Amazing Birds. 



'[Sewell’s] watercolours are a visual delight… The art work beautifully captures each bird’s form and plumage in a simplified style, but instantly recognisable… The description [is] written in an accessible and engaging tone.'

'No budding ornithologist should be without Matt Sewell’s Atlas of Amazing Birds, in which sumptuous illustrations and brief captions tell us all we need to know'

'We just love all things Matt Sewell and his atlas of birds is simply stunning … Perfect for anyone with twitching tendencies.’

'With gorgeous pictures and fun facts … this book is an inspiration for bird lovers and anyone wishing to learn more.'

'Laugh-out-loud funny and beautifully illustrated with vivid watercolours'

'This vibrant compendium celebrates the most amazing birds from around the world. The dazzling watercolour illustrations are accompanied by witty and informative observations that bring the birds to life … A stunning gift book for little nature lovers and a lovely book to share with the family'

'[The]text certainly doesn’t talk down to readers; its conversational style is engaging … An alluring volume for a wide age range, show-casing some of the avian wonders of the world.'

'Packed with Sewell’s eye-catching, watercolour illustrations, his irresistible wit and charm, and interesting facts and figures, this big, beautiful book includes the author’s personal selection of birds from around the world, all brought to life in his dazzling style … superbly produced and presented book… perfect as a gift and ideal as a teaching tool.'

'This book is enough to make anyone, young and old alike, into a new-found, passionate bird lover!'

‘Amazing facts and fabulous illustrations – a celebration of bird life’

'Absolutely fascinating ... beautifully written … the illustrations are enchanting - colourful and quirky- really celebrating birds from around the world... This is a fascinating book which will keep young ornithologists happy for hours!’

'Illustrated in beautiful and expressive watercolour … This is a book to delight, intrigue and inspire as well as inform'