Naturalist Numbers

Naturalist Numbers is our new book, now available through Lulu.com

Naturalist Numbers book cover
It’s finally here!. Published in December 2023 by Twist & Turn Press and available at your local bookstore or through Lulu.com, it’s the second book by the authors of Letters of the West.

Order your copy at Lulu.com!

We will be mailing out the perks to our Indiegogo fundraisers this week, so keep a look out in your mailbox.

Comment from Facebook during the Naturalist Numbers October 2022 campaign:
“I can hardly believe there’s not an absolute clamoring from publishers about this. It looks to be brilliantly masterful.”

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John Maddin garnered his chops as an illustrator by attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. His main medium is Scratchboard, which allows for a great deal of fine detail.

Michelle Walch went to the University of Oregon, earning an English degree. Her writing career came later in life: first with the Letters of the West book, then hired as a blogger by her small business advisor.

Media contact: Michelle Walch, 503-266-3998, michelle@michellewalch.com John Maddin’s Website: www.johndmaddinart.com


It’s a counting book on the curious anatomical features of the animal world which are often ignored. Once again I worked in Scratchboard, but this time I added some Pen & Ink in token of the inspiration for this book; Victorian-era naturalist diaries which typically use a lot of pen & ink illustrations incorporated in the text. So each text page will have some old-fashioned “drawrin’s” up against the main image on the facing page which is in Scratchboard, colored in Photoshop.

We had fun researching the land and sea creatures, looking for just the right interesting features. Sometimes it was a bit difficult, like the numbers 5 and 7 (what has 5 or 7 of something? Turns out the Sea Urchin has 5 teeth, and the California Flying Fish has 7 separate fins…). And sometimes it was fun turning typical expectations on their head, like the Octopus, for instance. EVERYONE always goes on about the tentacles, but how many people outside of oceanic biologists know that the Octopus has 3 hearts? And illustrating the 8 eyes on the Jumping Spider was a heck of a lot of fun. All those weird spider-hairs….

These are sample images from Naturalist Numbers

#4 cow
#4 cow
"4 is for the 4 Stomachs of the Cow".
Octopus
Octopus
“3 is for the 3 Hearts of the Octopus”.
Spider Monkey
Spider Monkey
“1 is for the 1 Tail of the Spider Monkey”.
Sea Urchins
Sea Urchins
“5 is for the 5 Teeth of the Sea Urchin”.
Lobster
Lobster
“10 is for the 10 Legs of the Lobster”.
Panda
Panda
“6 is for the 6 Fingers of the Panda”. The Panda doesn’t really have six fingers, but actually an extra bone in each of their front paws that is used like a thumb. Just FYI…