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The Book of Frogs


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Tim Halliday is one of the world's foremost authorities on amphibians. He was formerly professor of biology at the Open University and was International Director of the IUCN Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force for thirteen years.


"An in-depth ecology not of all the world's frogs and toads, but of a representative fascinating ten per cent--what a superb 600 it is! . . . The Book of Frogs does a splendid job of showing the diversity of frogs and toads."
-- "Times Literary Supplement"
"An unlikely human phenomena, an exploration of the intricacies and eccentricities of our world and the amount of knowledge it is possible for one person to possess and present with inspiringly obvious passion. Halliday's personality pops on every page, rendering even the dullest frogs adorable through his eyes. Halliday captures both the extraordinary and ordinary of frogs in the same breathless prose that you wrote in love notes to your eighth-grade crush. Couple that with six hundred beautifully composed pictures of sometimes beautiful animals, and you've got yourself one hell of a novelty book. In its several months as the centerpiece of my coffee table, The Book of Frogs has generated more conversation than any other item in my apartment. It's an aesthetic pleasure as an art object, informative as a reference guide."-- "Spectrum Culture"
"Glorious, magnificent new behemoth of a book. Wisely, Halliday chooses to stick to the basics. His enormous book--a big, beautiful hardcover filled with color photos--follows a close-focused remit, giving a one-page snapshot of some 600 species of the world's frogs. In the book's mesmerizing master stroke, there's also a life-sized photo of each frog, from the ones as small as your fingernail to the ones as big as a fat Guinea Pig. It's a stunning cavalcade, ranging from dull and knobby toads to tree frogs of almost translucent beauty....It's a joyous experience to savor the unbridled strangeness, the bursting profusion in The Book of Frogs."-- "Open Letters Monthly"
"Halliday has compiled an extensive compendium of frogs, and presents a wide array of fascinating facts in rich prose....The real selling point is the full-color photos, showing the actual size of each frog. The Book of Frogs is the perfect coffee table book for anyone with a passing interest in Anura."-- "Conservation Biology"

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