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If you've got some empty plastic bottles lying around at home, why not turn them into a colourful jellyfish mobile, inspired by Ben Rothery's beautiful drawings in Water World? Just follow our easy step-by-step tutorial.
There are so many fabulous books about amazing animals, it was hard to narrow this list down. From lively characters to fun facts about the animal kingdom, we’ve included something for all ages here – even the littlest of animal lovers!
Did you know that our great ocean contains between half and three-quarters of all life on Earth? In Water World, natural history illustrator Ben Rothery explores how its many fascinating creatures live. And we’ve picked out a few of our favourite marine animals.
Butterflies and moths are some of the most amazing creatures in nature. Did you know there are over 180,000 different kinds and they can be found on every continent – except the Antarctic! In Sensational Butterflies, Ben Rothery explores their amazing world. Here are some amazing facts about these curious creatures.
Ben Rothery is a detail-obsessed illustrator from Norwich, via Cape Town. He combines multiple processes to create intricate and delicate illustrations and repeating patterns, full of fine detail and vibrant colour. Much of Ben's work is inspired or informed by his love of nature - he grew up wanting variously to be a shark, dinosaur or David Attenborough crossed with Indiana Jones, but settled upon illustration as a compromise that allowed him to bring those fantasies to life on paper. In 2021 he won the prestigious Silver Pencil Award for Hidden Planet, and his work is published throughout the world. Ben works from a small but perfectly formed studio in London, which he shares with an unnecessarily large collection of very sharp pencils.
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