This book is exquisite. It would make a wonderful coffee table book for all the family to peruse at leisure- the illustrations are absolutely stunning while the text provides more detail and biological references than most animal-centric children's books I have encountered. But I must admit, while my children are too young to appreciate this book at the moment, I am only too happy to flick through it myself with a cup of tea!
Also, what is it about picture books printed with a matte finish that make me desire them so?!