Predating Darwin: A whacky celebration of his life and work

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Patricia Norman Aidley’s new picture book is a visually arresting read, interwoven with science-base humour

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom – Author Patricia Aidley stimulates readers’ minds as she presents a fun and colourful read, Predating Darwin: A whacky celebration of his life and work.

This slim volume is essentially a collection of colourful cartoons about cute and sophisticated mythical seahorses, the Mythocampi, who will surely delight all ages. Each illustration happily stands alone but does have subtly supportive text. The result is visual, punning and science-based humour! There is enough biological information at both ends to make it self-contained for all but the very young to whom, of course, it will be just another picture book. Somehow encapsulating a return to more gentle family-orientated times, if a book can be said to be unique perhaps this one is.

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About the Author
Zoologist and science teacher with a M.Sc. in Equine Studies, Pat Aidley is enthralled by colour and enjoys graphic design. Having done most of the conventional things in life, she admits to some unconventional ones and sometimes wonders why. Becoming a 1950s undergraduate at Imperial College, London, from night school, was arguably the first. Being the pioneer importer of frozen horse semen into the UK (after five years liaison with government departments at home and in Germany) was probably the second and creating this perhaps unique kind of book the third.

Predating Darwin * by Patricia Norman Aidley
A whacky celebration of his life and work
Publication Date: April 21, 2011
Picture Book; £18.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4535-8525-2
Picture Book Hardcover; £28.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4535-8526-9

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