World of Adventure: New Non-Fiction

So you want to catch Bigfoot?

Bigfoot is what’s called a cryptid; an animal whose existence or survival is disputed by science. The study of cryptids (such as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and Canterbury Big Cats) is called cryptozoology. If you want to the first to prove to the world that such creatures exist, then this is a good place to start!






Which New Zealand Insect?

This book is great for those of you who are obsessed with creep-crawlies; all the pictures are life size, so you can identify the bug under your fridge or in your garden easily. It’s divided by different types of bugs, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Not a book for Entomophobes, though!







Sailors Under Fire

This book is crammed full of nautical tales of derring-do and courage under extreme circumstances. It starts off with the first battle at sea,  at Salamis in 480 BCE. There’s a lot of information about twenty century warships, and it also talks about the role that the modern navy plays in the world. It’s a great book for people who have just started out reading, or want more general information about naval warfare.






Iceland is known as the “land of fire and ice.”  While the country is mostly dominated by ice caps and glaciers, it also has many active volcanoes.  Volcanic activity in  Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 caused the greatest disruption in air travel since World War Two! This is a great book with lots of interesting information about a country that’s not often in the news.







This is a combination of a non-fiction book and a picture book, and great for younger readers who are interested in snakes! The beautiful illustrations will take you through python’s day, as she hunts, eats and guards her eggs.







The lonely existence of asteroids and comets

This is a great book about space told in an unusual way; it’s in comic book format! The illustrations are great, and everything’s laid out in a clear and open way.  Did you know that some asteroids are so large they’re considered small planets? Like Ceres, an asteroid that’s named after the Greek Goddess of grain. Reading through this book is a great way to fill in the time before Halley’s comet appears in Earth’s skies again…in July, 2061!