Despite my Kindle reference, I actually ordered this book in paperback, as a gift for my Nephews. In fact, I ordered two, one for each boy. When I opened the package, and flipped through the gorgeous, full color pictures and well ordered text, I immediately knew that somehow, only one of these was going to find its way to my bro's house.
The pictures are neat, the facts are amazing and interesting. Like another reviewer, I've studied animals of all types for a long time, and worked with them some professionally. Given that, I was really surprised at the depth of the research and the freshness of the information, unlike so many other lists of "amazing facts" that are either common knowledge to anyone who reads or downright false. This book is full of stuff that I never even thought about knowing!
If you want a great conversation starter for your coffee table, spring for the beautiful, full-color paperback- but I stand by my kindle statement- either way, this would be a fantastic thing to have on a car trip, at the airport, or any other place where children (or adults!) need to be entertained for a while. I can imagine endless fun passing the book back and forth, quizzing each other. Be forewarned- it's gonna be a hard quiz game, but a fun and interesting one. Some of the stuff in here will really blow your mind! (I'm still a little bit dazed by what I found out about dolphin nursing mechanics. . . but your gonna have to buy the book to find out why!)