Books by Nic Bishop

THE HYENA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species. (fast facts, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A practiced and proficient team returns to the African plains to visit a field camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, where zoologist Kay Holekamp has been studying spotted hyenas for 30 years. Read full book review >
THE TAPIR SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"A splendid addition to an exemplary series. (bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The writer-and-photographer team who introduced readers to flightless parrots, snow leopards, tree kangaroos and the Goliath bird-eating tarantula turn their attention to the elusive lowland tapir. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Wonderful. (Scientists in the Field Series) (map, fundraising plug, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Under the careful supervision of forest rangers and volunteers on an island off the New Zealand coast, the nearly extinct, flightless Kakapo parrot is the object of an intensive rescue effort described by this experienced writer-photographer team. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

"A bibliography of sources used is available online. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
It's no easy feat to write a book about one of the most charismatic yet notoriously elusive creatures on the planet without a single sighting, but Montgomery pulls it off with style. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: May 5, 2008

"Thoughtful design adds to the pleasure of this splendid invitation to explore darker corners of the universe. (bibliography, student and teacher resources, clubs and organizations, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
"Strange as it may seem, 96 percent of the universe seems to be made of two ingredients that no one understands." Read full book review >
NIC BISHOP FROGS by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A chatty author's note gives insight into both Bishop's enthusiasm and the painstaking techniques behind the spectacular images; a glossary and index complete the superlative whole. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Gliding frogs, glass frogs, growling grass frogs—who knew there were so many frogs in the world? Read full book review >
NIC BISHOP SPIDERS by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This splendid title should leap off the shelves. (index, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Striking close-up and highly magnified photos of a wide variety of spiders are the heart of this fascinating and versatile introduction to the order. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

"From the maps in front to the concluding suggestions for young enthusiasts, information about the language, and index, this is another commendable title from an experienced team. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The writer and photographer of this exemplary description of science field work accompanied researcher Lisa Dabek on an expedition high in New Guinea's mountains to study tree kangaroos and promote the conservation of this elusive and endangered species. Read full book review >
CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The book's real success, as with its predecessor's, lies in the way words and pictures come together to deliver a satisfying nonfiction adventure for very young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
In a lush companion to Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999), a brilliant blue-and-green panther chameleon runs out of food in his tree and descends to the forest floor in search of a more populated hunting ground. Read full book review >
THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 2004

"It's enough to make Miss Muffet fall in love. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Sam Marshall loved animals, but disliked school—until a college research project on tarantulas made him realize that science is a process, not a set of answers. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A visual treat, whether you live near a temperate forest or are an armchair investigator. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Awesome double-paged photographs of temperate forest creatures and detailed observations by an experienced naturalist will make this title a hit with nature lovers and a worthy companion to the author's Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close (2002). Read full book review >
BACKYARD DETECTIVE by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"With four kinds of spiders, five kinds of ants, and seven different butterflies, there is plenty here to keep young and adult viewers engaged and challenged. (Nonfiction. 5-11)"
The talented photo-illustrator (Digging for Bird Dinosaurs, 2000, etc.) examines 125 backyard creatures, mostly insects, photographed life-sized and described in a detailed text. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"A good look at a contemporary scientist. (list of further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Readers of this photographic essay join paleontologist Cathy Forster and a team of scientists hunting for bird-dinosaur fossils on the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF ANIMAL FLIGHT by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"This is an excellent book that makes a difficult topic accessible. (further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A lively text and outstanding stop-action photography make this an inviting look at how animals fly. Read full book review >