on 12 January 2004
i really enjoyed the big cat diary television series and was interested to learn more about the characters in the show. this book does not disappoint and gives a marvellous insight into lives of individual lives. jonathan and angie scott also give much information on the history of big cats, how they evolved and reasons for their pride and hunting behaviour. there really is too much information to cover in a short review but together with outstanding photographs from these well known wildlife photographers, this really is an essential read for anyone interested in the lives of the big cats.
on 12 June 2008
The best thing about these books is their dual role. Most animal books concentrate either on teaching the reader about the species or giving the story of particular individuals. Big Cat Diary does both - incorperating personal stories of the animals to illustrate the points made about the species as a whole. This creates a text that is informative without becoming a dry presentation of fact and statistics.
The photography is good but not outstanding, being mostly stills from the series. All photos are captioned and relevant to the text. The A4 size of the book makes it unwieldy but allows for some larger photographs. A typical page consists of four collumns of text moulded aound the photos in an unusual and appealing font.
My criticism of the books would be that while they give anecdotes from the lives of individual animals, they fail to provide overall life histories of the characters, which is what i was looking for. In addition these anecdotes are taken from the series so will be nothing new to avid watchers.
Unfortunately the books were written in 2002 so are rather dated as current companions. However if you are using them simply as stand-alone books they are superb - prividing all you need to know about big cats while also giving entertainment, humour and drama to the reader. A terrific collection.