Nose Knows

Lift the flaps to take a fresh sniff at the world from an animal’s perspective – all you have to do is follow your nose!

Longlisted for UKLA Book Awards 2021

Wild Ways Animals Smell the World

Learn all about different animals’ noses and how they smell, and how they use their sense of smell and scent! You can even discover which animal has the best sense of smell!

Lift up the flaps to find out how rabbits, giraffes, snails, clown fish, lions, dogs, bees, and more use their noses and their sense of smell! You’ll be amazed at how they find family or food, leave messages for friends and warn away rivals all using their scent.

Author: Emmanuelle Figueras

Illustrator: Claire de Gastold

  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Age Range: 7 – 11 years
  • Publisher: What on Earth Books (1 Oct. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912920077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912920075
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.4 x 33.7 cm


Carolyn Swain, English 4-11 Picture Books Editorial Board

"This book sits comfortably in a primary classroom and has the potential to generate some interesting discussions. There is just the right amount of detail and scientific vocabulary and the layout breaks the information into appropriate sized chunks. A welcome addition to any non-fiction library.”

Library Girl and Book Boy

"I loved the clear uncluttered page layouts and clever use of flaps to x-ray in on an animal's inner-workings. The large-scale illustrations sing from the pages and will entice and intrigue readers. Truly unique!"

Red Reading Hub

"An informative book but fun too."

Carolyn Swain, English 4-11 Picture Books Editorial Board

“In this fascinating book the reader is invited to ‘take a fresh sniff at the world from an animal’s perspective’ and explore the different roles that a sense of smell plays in shaping animal behaviour and relationships … Supported by full-colour illustrations, the reader’s interest is further sustained through the use of flaps which when lifted often reveal surprising facts."

Read it, Daddy!

"Superbly written facts produced in a way that doesn't patronise curious kids, and filled with gorgeous illustrations. A brilliant non-fiction title that's right on the nose."

My Shelves are Full

"With wonderful illustrations and lift the flaps to find more information, this book is fun and interesting."

Armadillo Magazine

"A fascinating insight into the noses of wild animals and the extent to which their sense of smell operates. There are plenty of strange-but-true facts that will appeal to young readers."

Lancashire Evening Post

"Wonderfully entertaining and informative ... An ingenious, interactive way of learning that is not to be sniffed at."

Just Imagine

"Brilliant, just brilliant Claire de Gastold's illustrations are beautiful, clear and informative."


"Figueras and de Gastold have created a unique book for children to learn about the world of smell. Noses are for breathing, but they’re also for locating food, friends, enemies, danger, or even finding one’s way. The informational book’s oversize picture-book format includes fact strips along the bottom of the pages and numerous flaps for children to lift and view an otherwise hidden aspect of the animal or setting ... The book’s muted, engaging illustrations and interactive format invite quiet adult-child explorations of the natural world."

The School Librarian (SLA)

"With full-colour illustrations throughout, on some pages also there are flaps which reveal more detailed information ... this engaging book is also likely to stimulate many readers’ natural curiosity to find out more."

Irish Examiner

"Many lift-flaps offer titbits of astonishing facts in a truly marvellous book with outstanding illustrations by Claire de Gastold."

Charlotte Townsend, The English Association

"The ‘lift the flaps’ were great fun, but also very informative and they certainly added to the interest of the book … The illustrations are also wonderful and, in fact, make this book something of a showpiece. The drawings are fun, yet accurate and life-like, adding to the educational value of the book. I would certainly give this as a gift for a birthday or Christmas, to any budding little scientist or lover of animals. All in all a hugely successful read and one that I will revisit again and again when teaching the children about our senses in science."

Lancashire Evening Post

"Wonderfully entertaining and informative...An ingenious, interactive way of learning that is not to be sniffed at."

The School Librarian (SLA)

"While sharing fascinating facts about the animal kingdom and answering such questions as why female mosquitoes are so attracted to our skin, this engaging book is also likely to stimulate many readers' natural curiosity to find out more"

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