Masters of Disguise book review

Masters of Disguise is all about how animals camouflage themselves in the wild.

There are 12 animals featured, from polar bears to the orchid mantis.

For each animal there’s two pages that tell you some really interesting information about how it disguises itself, and then the next two pages show the animal camouflaged in their habitat and you have to try and spot them.

From this book I learnt:

  • Mimic octopuses can impersonate other animals by changing the shapes of their bodies, including into sea snakes and jelly fish
  • The three-toed sloth moves so slowly green algae grows on its fur, which helps it to camouflage amongst the trees
  • The eye shapes on the owl butterfly make it look like an owl, but also its cocoon looks like the head of a snake!

I really like this book. It’s fun learning about how animals disguise themselves – some of the way are so, so clever!

Parents Perspective

Masters of Disguise is by Marc Martin and published by Walker Studio (Walker Books) in May 2021. It is priced £11.09.

Marc Martin’s beautiful illustrations really bring the book to life. Facts are all presented in bitesize chunks that keeps things interesting. I’ve learnt a fair bit myself! The scenes which show the animals camouflaged in their habitat are real show-stoppers. Yes, it’s a kids book, but this would also make a great coffee table book too.

Star rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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