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Published on Apr 15, 2020

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Today is a book that, even though I liked it, never found the right moment to present itself. Plants and animals, and terrible Dino Ticli, and Andrea Antinori is, in fact, a popular book that has a few years (3, to be precise), but that maintains a particular charm, given to him by the very curious and rich, and very generous illustrations of Andrea Antinori, illustrator that was selected for the illustrators exhibition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Dino Ticli, teacher of science, but also a geologist and naturalist, select the 31 species among plants and animals, using as a criterion the “awfulness” and in fact the caption of his book: Stories of the be the most dangerous, venomous and disgusting in the world.

Far from being a gallery of horrors, this selection shows the unexpected glamour of a nature that is powerful and vigorous, capable of developing survival strategies of the extraordinary and complex, examples perhaps still effective in of the mystery and respect that nature has always incusso to man (and that, perhaps, lately you are given a little bit for granted).

Recovering this sense of awe that man has always tried to observe the natural wonders, the author binds together two souls, by following the scientific description of the species, a story taken from the folk tradition, but also invented of healthy plant (!). The foxglove has always been considered the flower of fairies, did you know? And because the Psychotria elata is called the plant of kisses? And do you know why the tales of the mythical bind the oleander to Venus?

Dino Shekels describes with meticulous scientific behaviors and characteristics of plants and animals lethal, but on the front page here, thanks a font change really well thought out, we go into a story each time different, a story where magic, gods, but also parallel worlds where the insects meet to discuss the cruelty of the bedbug wraps us up and makes us smile.

Liquid, toxic, toxins, poisons, shouts chemical", the blood splashed from his eyes... the scientific descriptions and the stories are mixed, making it difficult at times to mark the boundary between the imagined and the real, because some of the survival strategies appear to be truly incredible.

Accompanying these narratives, numerous illustrations by Andrea Antinori that their frequency is claiming a role that is anything but marginal.

Given this nature, the spurious half-way between the popular book and collection of stories and legends, the book shows the functioning of color and images, real and imagined, that fill entire tables and invest the color and taste of words and the Latin names. They are not descriptive images or simply explanatory, but the real protagonists of the plots and stories, without, however, surrendering to the caricature, because the charm of the shapes of each of the protagonists enough in his reality to fill the eyes of unbelief (the golden frog looks really gold! The stone fish have never seen? And digitalis purpurea?).

The stretch marked and a use engaging colours make this book a really beautiful and far away from those scientific treatises interesting, but in the end quite cold in their relationship with the readers.

A volume of short stories and discoveries, curious, eye-catching in theme, and very rich in concepts, stories, thoughts and images.

By 7 years for naturalists over the top.

P.S. Only drawback is the choice of the paper of the pages: too heavy and really difficult to browse!

The article in Nature... the terrible seems to be the first on a low Shelf.

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