Here you will see: Megalodon, Bladedon, Startail, crane, Eerworm, giant vented dragonfly, earth sloth... These are all amazing animals that once lived on Earth, and we say "once" because they are now extinct.
The word "extinction" sounds scary, but if nothing that ever lived on Earth went extinct, we'd be living alongside tyrannosaurs, bludgeons, and mammoths, and the oceans would be filled with giant fish, hamsters the size of cows, pythons longer than buses... After reading this book, you will know who these (fortunately) extinct unlucky people are, and how unusual they look!
In addition, we have a waiting room. There sit quietly animals hovering on the edge of extinction, such as the Mexican amblystoma, pangolins and the pika ili. Whether they go out of the waiting room and back into the wild, or join the mammoths and dodos, is for you and me to decide.
About the author
Lotte Stegman is a writer and journalist. She was the longtime editor in chief of Kids Weekly and the author of Green Feet and the Beast Neighbors. To write the book, she pored over the archives of natural history museums and traveled around the world looking at fossils and interviewing paleontologists and zoologists.
The wonderful illustrations in this book are the work of Malik Nelson. Her illustrations for Green Feet and the Beast Neighbors won the Illustration Society's Pennant Award. Before she began to illustrate the book, she had observed the animals from head to toe for a long time, and had not missed a single detail. Lotte and Malik's collaboration has given new life to the animals in this book.
Zhang Jiachen, translator and Dutch language teacher of Beijing Foreign Studies University, graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium with a master's degree. His translation works include "Never Expected: 321 Facts" and "Secrets of the Body: From Cells to the Incredible You".