Celebrate the weird, wonderful, and the downright bizarre in this compelling compendium of unusual animals. From the green fur of a three-toed sloth, to the pink and wiggly appendage of the star-nosed mole, there’s something new to marvel at on every page. Delve into the forests, burrow under the ground, and dive into the deep to discover nature's most peculiar creatures and learn about their behavior, diet, and habitat, as well as folk beliefs about each animal. Hidden away in Earth’s forests, caves, and oceans, these creatures might look or behave in peculiar ways but, as you will soon find out, every oddity serves a purpose:
- the long, skeletal finger of an aye-aye, used by this lemur to tap on trees to locate hollow tunnels where delicious insects hide
- the barrel-shaped eyes of a Pacific barreleye fish that turn upward to watch for prey above through its transparent head
- the big, bulbous nose of a proboscis monkey designed to attract mates
- the armor-like scales of a pangolin that are so tough that even lions and tigers can’t bite through them
|Publisher:||words & pictures|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children’s author who has written many books, spanning poetry, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. Her awards include the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry, the Cybil Award for Poetry 2011, and several Children’s Choice and Parents’ Choice Awards, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Paul Daviz is a Blackburn-born illustrator whose style is characterized by big, bold shapes, sweeping lines, strong colors, hints of texture, and plenty of fun. His influences include Soviet matchbox covers and 1970s cinema advertising. After studying graphic design and working as a storyboard visualizer for TV ads, packaging, and print campaigns, Paul moved to freelance illustration, producing work for numerous and diverse clients, including Chanel 4, The Daily Telegraph, HarperCollins, BMW, Ravensburger, and Royal Mail.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very cute book about some of the strangest (or unique, I should say) creatures living on our planet earth. Colorful and adorable illustrations are realistic enough to recognize the animals' true forms. The information about the animals only point out their most distinctive features (i.e. appearance, adaptions to the environment, or their habits) which is not sufficient or conclusive enough for some readers. But for the purpose of reading about unique animals, this is definitely a fun book to pick up for readers of all age. The author added how human, being unique and intelligent, could help to preserve these animals and their habitats. Educational, entertaining, and interesting, I truly enjoyed reading "Who Are You Calling Weird."
This is an amazing educational book that kid's will love, especially boys and reluctant readers, and it's non-fiction. The book is a celebration of strange weird animals that actually exist on our enchanting planet today. The book highlights 21 unique and interesting creatures from all over the globe and delves into their behaviour, diet, habitats and even some folklore that has been handed down about them for generations. Here's the featured guest list of these incredible animals: * Aye-Aye * Pacific Barreleye * Dumbo Octopus * Star-nosed Mole * Proboscis Monkey * Hammer-headed Bat * Platypus * Mwanza Flat-headed Agama * Hairy Frog * Boxer Crab * Pangolin * Lowland Streaked Tenrec * Helmeted Hornbill * Narwhal * Naked Mole-rat * Hoatzin * Kiwi * Leafy Sea Dragon * Hairy Frogfish * Three-toed Sloth * Human Kids will love learning about these oddities in nature. The illustrations are beautiful and so enrich the biography of each animal splendidly. "Who Are You Calling Weird?" should be in every classroom and elementary school library and I guarantee it will fly off the shelf. It would be a fantastic research book also. This fun, very interesting book, will pique interests and have kids flipping through the pages to learn more and more about these marvellous creatures. I highly, highly recommend this book.
This is one of those non-fiction books that reluctant readers (especially boys) will love. The weirder the better, and this book shows some. There are animals that I had never heard of and some that I had seen in zoos and aquariums, but I still learned something about most of the animals highlighted. From the Pacific barreleye with its see-through head to the Hairy Frogfish that's spine has added tentacle that look like worms, this book provides an introduction to some of the world’s most unusual animals. Some are a little more well known such as a platypus, three-toed sloth or kiwi, but there was still information about those animals that I did not know. We learn that each odd behaviour or peculiar visual characteristic has a purpose such as for hunting, camouflage, protection etc. Learning about each animal’s behaviour, diet, habitat, and some human beliefs about the creature is punctuated by a large illustration of the animal. My one big disappointment is that there are no actual photographs of any of the animals, a sure 5 star is that had been present. Of course I would be remiss not to mention the focus on conservation and how each animals’ survival may be endangered and the reasons why. This is a fun and interesting book to introduce kids to some of the weird animals in the world and pique their interest in learning more about adaptations, environmental awareness and animal protection. A sure winner in a school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
From the Pacific barreleye with its see-through head to the leafy sea dragon that looks like seaweed, this book provides an introduction to some of the world’s most unusual animals. It even includes a couple of my favourites, the star-nosed mole and the three-toed sloth. I enjoyed the down to earth, conversational tone of the writing and the focus on conservation and how each animals’ differences help them, e.g., for camouflage or protection. I discovered some animals within the pages that were new to me and learned some interesting facts about some I was already familiar with. The illustrations were colourful and fun with a dash of quirkiness. I would have liked to have seen a photo gallery accompanying them though (perhaps at the end of the book) as I found myself searching for photos of the animals that were new to me. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures for the opportunity to read this book.