Matt Sewell

Atlas of Amazing Birds


In his introduction, Matt Sewell describes this book as ‘my personal selection of the most amazing birds in the world’- and it is absolutely fascinating. Grouped by continent, each section starts with a map and a section of information about the location. The introduction makes it clear that the illustrations are not always to scale, but the dimensions are given so the reader can get an idea of the actual size.


The text is beautifully written, using challenging vocabulary and the personal nature of the selection really comes through in the way Matt describes each bird. The Western Barn Owl is described as ‘captivating for its ghostly ethereal beauty and big black eyes, as deep as the darkest night.’ His passion for birds shines through as he shares his knowledge and observations.


Each entry includes the bird’s Latin name and the illustrations are enchanting - colourful and quirky- really celebrating birds from around the world. Even the endpapers are beautiful! A small glossary and some suggested listening of songs featuring birds is included at the end. This is a fascinating book which will keep young ornithologists happy for hours!

Atlas of Amazing Birds Matt Sewell

Pavilion ISBN: 978-1843654063

You can read our review of The Big Bird Spot here.

The Big Bird Spot

Many children love books where you search for things. They sit for ages in the book corner, the classroom, in the playground or library, heads bent together over a book, searching for the items or character they need to find. Great fun which encourages them to work collaboratively.

'The BIg Bird Spot' offers all this and more! Each beautiful double spread looks at a different habitat and the birds that populate it.

In the introduction, Matt Sewell tells the reader that 'birds are good at hiding and camouflaging themselves' and this becomes apparent as you hunt for them- they are not easy to find! The book looks at different locations from around the world and the birds that live there. Each page has information about the birds and tells you what you need to find- for example, 12 little yellow cirl buntings in the meadow or 23 little auks on and around a cliff.

The answers are at the back of the book and they tell you not only where the birds you are hunting are, but also what all the other birds shown are so that you can see the difference between them.

Quietly educational, this is a lovely book for sharing- you learn about birds without realising it! Brilliant!

The Big Bird Spot: A Globe-Trotting Bird-Spotting Adventure

Matt Sewell

Pavilion   ISBN: 9781843653264