By Julie Murphy and Kathie Atkinson (Gareth Stevens Publishing, USA, 2010 and Blake Education, Australia, 2008)

Arachnids are a special group of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites. This book takes a close look at some amazing creatures. Venomous fangs help some of them catch prey and defend themselves. Complex webs and nets are used to catch food and keep their eggs safe. These are just some of the weird, wild and wonderful ways that arachnids survive in the wild.

I trained as a zoologist and zookeeper, and have been a children’s book author and presenter for over ten years. Why do I write? Because it’s fun! What do I write about? Mostly my main interests – animals and the environment.