cover image Happy Cactus: Cacti, Succulents, and More

Happy Cactus: Cacti, Succulents, and More

Editors of DK. DK, $14.99 (144p) ISBN 978-1-4654-7453-7

This winsome beginner’s guide to caring for cacti and succulents packs a lot of information into creatively designed, colorful pages. Most of the book is taken up by profiles of 105 cacti and succulents, and each profile includes information about watering, feeding, and propagating, as well as a fun section highlighting related species called “Meet the Relatives,” allowing readers to connect the dots between, for instance, old lady cactus (named for its white hairlike spines) and its “pincushion” cacti cousins. The pictures are helpfully illustrative, and a guide to scale offers essential perspective for those looking to invest in a new plant. The book’s chipper tone perfectly matches its friendly visual design, with plants pictured at the center of the page accompanied by informative speech bubbles. Experienced cacti growers will know this basic stuff, but those newly interested in cacti and succulents will be well served by this book. (May)