Hoot and Howl across the Desert

Life in the world's driest deserts


A journey to fifteen of the harshest environments on Earth, where only the toughest creatures survive.


ISBN: 9780500651988 Categories: ,

Vassiliki Tzomaka


Readers are invited to travel across some of world’s driest landscapes and discover the remarkable animals and plants that survive in desert climates, both hot and cold. Along the way, they will encounter over 300 rare and little known plants, animals, reptiles, birds and insects, casting new light on desert environments and revealing the abundance of life underlying their barren image. Through fifteen bright and graphic desert landscapes the book looks in detail at unusual species, their tactics for survival, nocturnal desert life, the desert food chain, lethal creatures and degrees of dryness.

Additional information

Weight 548 g
Dimensions 23.8 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 26 March 2020
Number of pages 56
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.8 x 30.8 cm
Weight 548 g
Vassiliki Tzomaka is a designer and illustrator based in Colchester, UK. Inspired by the challenge of trying to grow a night-blooming cactus in her home country of Greece, Vassiliki created The Wilder West as part of her PhD at the Centre for Children's Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art. She collected over 300 cacti and succulent species to create the book, drawing on her BSc in chemistry and MA in environmental studies to carefully observe each one and devise a narrative for introducing children to the environment of the desert.