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The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins: Describing the Most Curious, Fascinating, Sometimes Gruesome, and Seemingly Impossible Creatuby Lesley M M Blume
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The journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins might just be the most extraordinary contribution to the study of the earth's past since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. In the incredible pages of these thought-to-be-lost diaries, Dr. Wiggins—whom we now must consider the greatest paleozoologist of all time—has divulged the secrets of the truly ancient animal world: a world before human beings; a world before dinosaurs; a world that, until now, existed well beyond the outer reaches of human imagination. From deadly Amazonian Whispering Vines (Vitus Sussurus) to curious creatures called Brittle Bones (Futilis Ossis) to a mysterious pet named Gibear (Chiroptera Vicugna Pacosis), the discoveries of Dr. Wiggins will forever change the way we think about the world before us.
"The team behind Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties (2010) returns with another whimsical account of creatures strange and surreal, designed as a series of journals written between 1850 and 1885. The story follows mustachioed explorer Wiggins, 'the greatest paleozoologist of all time,' as he travels the world, continent by continent, in search of prehistoric wonders and long-extinct species. His journeys turn up several oversize creatures (including island-sized whales and 10-story sloths), as well as animals one might classify as evolutionary missteps, like glowing bats and two-headed buffalo. There are also previously unknown branches of humanity, like Camel-Backed Geyser Geniuses, Goldeaters, and Hummingbird People. Wiggins's findings are detailed as journal entries — accompanied by Foote's comically stylized scientific illustrations and footnotes that contextualize Wiggins's discoveries — often capped by pithy sayings (regarding the demise of the Gossip Peacocks: 'sharp teeth always seem to win out over a sharp tongue'). This is less a story than a glorious unveiling of the long-hidden and very weird 'history' of life on Earth. Ages 8 — 12. Agents: (for Blume) Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor; (for Foote) Jennifer RofÃ©, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
LESLEY M. M. BLUME has authored five children's books for Knopf, including Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties. She lives in New York City.
DAVID FOOTE is a film director, fine artist, animator, and illustrator who envisions the world through a fantastical black-and-white looking glass. He lives in New York City.
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