The Second in the World to Discover Evolution: Alfred Russel Wallace

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Written and illustrated by Farren Phillips

An exciting illustrated biography about Alfred Russel Wallace, the second person to come up with the theory of evolution.

Alfred Russel Wallace may not have been the first in the world to come up with the theory we now know as evolution, but he still made huge contributions to the world of science as the second. In the pursuit of knowledge and insects for his collection, he discovered thousands of living things previously unknown to science, had some animals named after him (including a flying frog and a jewel beetle!), and even maintained a friendship with the scientist who first developed the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin. Learn all about the life and discoveries of 19th century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in this entertaining book packed full of fun facts, vibrant illustrations, and interactive activities.

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  • Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
  • Pages: 48
  • Size: 10.6  x 10.6
  • Price: $19.99
  • Age Range: 6 to 10
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781953458384


Gr 2-5–Not everyone can be the first to discover something: enter Alfred Russel Wallace, a couple of steps behind Charles Darwin. ­Phillips, in reference-style text more suitable to researching reports than story time, reveals Wallace’s studies of the natural world and his relationship to Darwin. Colorful illustrations accompany the brief biography, key ideas of evolution, and relevant terms. Throughout the pages, brief prompts are included to encourage young readers to engage with the material, with matching games, search games, and fun facts. VERDICT While some may feel silly learning about someone who came in second, libraries interested in science-learning will find value in this volume as a study of collaboration and replication for future scientists.

–Jessica Schriver, School Library Journal

Key Selling Points:

  • STEM topics—covers a variety of scientific topics including evolution, natural selection, and genes in a way that can be easily understood by young readers
  • Engaging nonfiction format—biographical and historical facts are made accessible with fun illustrations and interactive activities throughout
  • Unique history series—celebrates individuals less recognized by history as the second person to do something incredible; other titles profile Sir Francis Drake and Elisha Gray
  • Exciting adventures—Alfred Russel Wallace’s journeys in South America and Asia were full of amazing discoveries and are sure to inspire young readers today

About the Author:

Farren Phillips is an author and illustrator from the UK. She creates a range of wacky and funny books for children with deeper educational themes. From philosophy to funny jokes, Farren’s work is always packed full of fun for an entertaining reading experience for both parents and children. Visit Farren Phillips online at

Age Range

7-11 years