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"Hearst's appreciation for the quirkiness of nature shines through, and is reinforced in a concluding note admonishing readers to be kind to the earth" - The Horn Book Magazine
"Hearst's enthusiasm for his subject... comes through on every page. A terrific conversation starter." - Scientific American
"Hugely entertaining and just as informative" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"May well inspire a new generation of budding scientists" - Shelf Awareness for Readers/Best Books of The Year
"Not cute curios, but the seriously weird, which... make the animals that much more appealing." - Kirkus Reviews
"This handsome volume is a fun-for-all informative compendium." - School Library Journal
"This invitingly designed volume featuring 50 eclectic creatures will inspire young readers with enthusiasm for the natural world." - Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review
" A cool compendium of fascinating animals" - Boston Globe/ Best Children's Books of the Year
"A quirky toast to the fascinating, impressively well-adapted freaks among us." - Discover Magazine
"A really spectacularly inventive, weird, and beautiful book for kids of all ages. Get one for the kid nearest at hand, which might be yourself." - Rick Moody, author of Garden State and The Ice Storm
"Author Michael Hearst keeps the tone exciting and entertaining, often times breaking into a goofy poem, or throwing in a quirky true or false quiz." - Apartment Therapy
Posted April 11, 2013
This book is a hit with my two boys (7 and 5 years old). We cannot put it down.
We've had many "encyclopedia" like animal books but this one is our favorite.
The author has a good sense of humor and my boys cannot stop laughing at his jokes (True or False sections are the best).
I am going to get few extra books and give them as presents to my boy's friends.