Author(s): Catherine Barr
This unique book not only makes children aware of the issues of climate change and environmental damage and the effect they have on the wildlife of our planet - but inspires them to rise to the challenge of helping to save our endangered animals. Focusing on 15 endangered species in 6 different habitats, Red Alert! invites children to "Pick a Place" and then "Choose a Creature" - picking out a favourite creature on the page and finding its story. After discovering all sorts of fascinating facts about the life of their chosen creature, the reader can "Meet the Challenge" and find out how to play a part in saving the animal from extinction. This book is inspired and endorsed by the 'Red List' database maintained by IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Currently it has details of over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but grows larger all the time.
Catherine Barr specialises in presenting "big issues for small people". Her career has been in campaigning for greater awareness of environmental issues. She was a campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace International for many years, and wrote exhibitions at the Natural History Museum in London. Her books include the bestselling The Story of Life, long-listed for the SLA Information Book Award and shortlisted for The English Association 4-11 Picture Book Award, Elliot's Arctic Surprise, supported by Greenpeace International, and an ongoing wildlife series with the Natural History Museum. Catherine Barr lives near Hay-on-Wye. Anne Wilson has as MA in illustration from Central St Martins College of Art, London and has been practising as an illustrator for over 15 years. Much of her work is inspired by everyday life; pattern, colour and shape, She incorporates figurative elements, layers and textures, with mixed media, printmaking and computer techniques. Anne Wilson lives in Goring-on-Thames, Berkshire.