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Penguins are, perhaps, the most loved of all birds, often being portrayed as caricatures of ourselves. Yet despite their popularity the many extraordinary facets of penguin life are only just being revealed. Modelled on the authors' much-praised Albatross: Their World, Their Ways (2008), this book is the first to comprehensively cover all of the 18 penguin species alongside the latest research into many of their more unusual adaptations, such as their deep-diving abilities. Penguins are the 'canaries in the coalmine' of the oceans, and their presence is indicatiive of a healthy marine environment. Although they are an icon of the southern hemisphere, what penguins can teach us about our changing seas is of truly global significance.
"[...] This book, providing both excellent photographs and useful summary text, should be an essential purchase for the world’s many penguinophiles. With its amazingly low price and unrivalled blend of information and images, I also highly recommend it to anyone interested in seabirds and in nature photography. Along with their matching albatross volume, these authors have established a unique new format combining summaries of rigorous information with exceptional photography."
– Alan E. Burger, Marine Ornithology 44
"[...] I thought the book could use a better conclusion to tie all its sections together, but as a whole I found it informative and enjoyable to read. I would recommend the book to anyone as an introductory text and as a beautiful present for someone interested in penguins or the natural world in general."
– Tom Hart, Ibis 157, 2015
"[...] At first glance, this new book may look like another coffee-table book, with its large format and glossy photographs. But that idea is quickly dispelled. [...] If you like penguins, and who doesn’t, you will find this beautiful book a fascinating read."
– Derek Toomer, BTO book reviews