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Fantastiska fakta om djur The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Or that ostriches can’t walk backward? These and many more fascinating and surprising facts about the animal kingdom (Bees never sleep! Starfish don’t have brains!) are illustrated with whimsical detail in this charming collection by the New York Times bestselling Swedish artist Maja Säfström.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts is Maja Säfström’s debut title and the book that made her an internationally acclaimed illustrator. As beautiful as it is adorable – not to mention wonderfully tongue-in-cheek – this collection of remarkable animal facts is guaranteed to delight all who read it.


Slangbellan (Best children’s and YA book debut) Sweden 2016
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  • “I was as fascinated as the big-eyed five-year-old I was reading aloud to was. Truly a fantastic picture book with humorous drawings and astounding content.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “A wonderful book!”

    SVT, Sweden

  • “The illustrations are so beautifully simplistic and are so full of warmth – how does she do it?? And I find it super entertaining that she includes such short, fun facts! Yes, a favorite book for sure, already. For young and old alike.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • “Maja Säfström’s short factual texts are poetic, educational and funny. A loving homage to animals.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “In Maja Säfströms beautifully illustrated book you will find fun facts about animals for young and old, opening the door for stimulating and fun conversations.”

    Mama, Sweden

  • “Now we get to meet a hundred or so animals in exceptionally lovely drawings and in texts that are both stimulating and surprising. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts is a perfect book for adults and kids to read together.”

    Tidningen Kulturen, Sweden

  • “[An] utterly lovely animal book for children, but also for adults who appreciate cute illustrations and fun animal facts.”

    Hänt Extra, Sweden

  • “Both I, the three-year-old and the six-year-old I read to were absorbed by the book. The animal facts are just as amazing as promised and written in a clear way that’s understandable even to the youngest. This book is recommended for readers of all ages.”

    ETC, Sweden

  • “I recommend The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts for adults as well (like myself). Read a chapter every night (if you can resist reading further) and then dream about utters, pandas and sea stars.”

    Bokhora, Sweden

  • “The animal facts are just as amazing as the title hints at. It’s a book made to be read out loud while those who listen exclaim: What?? Is that true??! It’s fun for the whole family and is most suitable as a gift book. And it’s a gold mine for teachers who follows the “thing of the day” trend.”

    Boklus, Sweden

  • “A wonderful picture book for children and adults.”

    Meidän Perhe, Finland

  • “Smiles on every page.”

    Kodin Kuvalehti, Finland

  • “The book stirs an immediate interest in learning more about fascinating animals, in children and adults alike! Graphically elegant presentations and easy-to-read texts that are great for everyone.”

    Lastenkirjahylly, Finland

  • “There are other books with fun animal facts, but this is one of the best and most beautiful ones. Here you can read facts that you really did not know (for example: bees never sleep!). But best are the drawings: black and white, and drawn in such a way that the animals are just a bit more special than usual.”

    NRC Handelsblad, Netherlands

  • “A cheerful black and white illustrated book with funny facts.”

    Lezen, Netherlands

Photo: Lisa Langer Maja Säfström
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Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Argentina, Brezal

China, Jieli (Simplified Chinese)

Czech Republic, Albatros

Finland, Nemo

France, Rue du Monde

Germany, Penguin

Iceland, Benedikt

Italy, Nomos

Korea, Random House

Netherlands, Podium

Norway, Kagge

Poland, Czarna Owca

Russia, Popuri

Slovakia, Albatros

Spain, Planeta

Sweden, Natur & Kultur

Taiwan, Walkers Cultural Enterprises (Complex Chinese)

US, Ten Speed Press

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