The Observologist: A handbook for mounting very small scientific expeditions

Book Author & Illustrator Giselle Clarkson
Rights Available World excl. World English, German, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Korean
Rights Sold German, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Korean

A highly illustrated creative guide to the small creatures and the natural wonders we find when we take time to open our eyes to the world around us—and ode to the power of quiet observation.

Try to imagine the weirdest and most impossibly alien creature that could exist on other planets and it’s almost certain it’s an animal here on earth already. And it’s probably very small.

This book puts over 50 small creatures and features of the natural world under the microscope, piquing our curiosity with only the most interesting facts. Subjects range from slugs, ants and seeds, fungi and flies through to bees and bird poop. But this is no everyday catalogue of creatures. It is an antidote to boredom, an encouragement to observe our environment, with care and curiosity, wherever we are. The Observologist is an invitation out of the digital world and into the wonder of what’s right under our noses.

Water snails glide upside down on the undersurface of the water; not all flies have wings; insects have breathing holes called spiracles all over their bodies; butterflies taste with their feet. Facts combine with comics, detailed illustrations, science and funny stories in this unique, warm and fascinating account of the small things all around us.

Giselle Clarkson has a comics and conservation background, and she is a very good looker. Through her unique sensibility you’ll find that once you start thinking small, there’s no limit to what you can notice—right under your nose.

About the Author
Giselle Clarkson
is an illustrator and comic artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Known for her non-fiction comics on conservation and environmental topics, she has illustrated a number of award-winning books including Egg and Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook by Alexandra Tylee and The Gobbledegook Book: A Joy Cowley Anthology. This is her first book as author and illustrator.


Gecko Press






Age range
7 – 12 years

Publication Date
October 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. World English,German, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Korean

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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