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Inside In X-Rays of Nature's Hidden World

Popular Science Coming Soon
By: Jan Paul Schutten(Author), Arie van 't Riet(Illustrator), Laura Watkinson(Translated by)
136 pages, colour & b/w photos
Publisher: Greystone Books
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Discover nature’s secret world with this amazing collection of X-ray photographs of animals and plants! Using incredible X-ray techniques, Inside In displays creatures and their natural habitats in a never-before-seen way. Kids will learn the awesome answers to questions like:
- What does a bee look like under its furry coat?
- How does a seahorse protect itself with armour and a skeleton?
- How does a tree frog use its eyes to swallow?

This visually stunning and highly original book is perfect for keeping kids engaged during home-schooling and online learning:
- X-ray images are cool and fun to look at!
- Simple text helps kids understand the animals and plants in each image.
- Pops of neon colours make animals and plants come to life.

Originally published in Dutch in 2017 as Binnenstebinnen: Röntgenfoto's van Dieren.

Age Level: 5 to 10 years

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Jan Paul Schutten has been writing children's nonfiction books since 2003. His books are popular and critically acclaimed; he has won several awards including the Gouden Griffel (Golden Stylus) for his book Children of Amsterdam.

Arie van ’t Riet is a Dutch artist and medical physicist who uses X-ray equipment to create "bioramas" – X-ray portraits of animals and plants. While teaching the physics of radiation and radiation safety, he became interested in the application of low-energy X-rays to capture delicate objects. Arie van ’t Riet is "inspired by the unbelievable beauty of nature... and its wonderful complexity."

Popular Science Coming Soon
By: Jan Paul Schutten(Author), Arie van 't Riet(Illustrator), Laura Watkinson(Translated by)
136 pages, colour & b/w photos
Publisher: Greystone Books
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– A Smithsonian Magazine Children's Book of the Year and a NSTA-CBC 2022 Outstanding Science Trade Book

"What can you see by looking inside an animal? [...] [the] images are the attraction. [E]ncourages a sense of wonder."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"van 't Riet's beautiful bioramas [...] will be what draw curious readers in."
Smithsonian Magazine

"Stunning x-ray photographs of animals reveal the structures beneath skin, scales, fur and shells. The photographs are fantastically clear [...] Hand this to kids who are interested in anatomy and nonfiction on animals, ages 7 and up."
Youth Services Book Review

"A visually intriguing book that will attract all kinds of readers."

"Stunningly beautiful and unique x-ray photographs of animals accompany engaging, thought-provoking, and funny text. This interactive book teaches us to notice details on the how and why of each animal's body shape."
– Sara Levine, veterinarian and award-winning author of science books for kids including Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

"The most intriguing x-ray collection I've ever seen, and I have seen a lot of x-rays. The pictures are enthralling, supported by informative and entertaining facts. Kids will love the book, learning about our natural world in an immediate and unique way. Every picture tells a story they say, but these pictures tell a story on another level completely. A stunning project, truly AMAZING."
– Nick Veasey, X-ray photographer and author of X-Treme X-Ray: See the World Inside Out, X-Ray: See Through the World Around You, and Inside Out.

"This brilliant book is a must for every classroom library."
– Dr. Erica Colon, Founder and CEO of Nitty Gritty Science, LLC

"Children will love exploring the amazing, creepy X-rays of insects, reptiles, mammals and other creatures inside this stunning book [...] a visual and an educational treat."
– Pam Norfolk, The Lancashire Evening Post

"X-rays are pretty cool. in the case of this book, they allowed Arie, who worked in a hospital, to use his talent to peek inside insects, frogs, and other animals. The photos are amazing."
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