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Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals Hardcover – 30 Aug 2007


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (30 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313339228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313339226
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a zoologist, author and presenter/on-screen expert. I've been fascinated by animals for as long as I can remember, an interest that led to a prize-winning, first class degree in zoology at the University of Wales, Bangor and a PhD in insect ecology at the University of Leeds. I'm currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds and a visiting fellow at the University of Essex. As well as observing and studying the animals I can find here in the UK I've travelled widely in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Southeast Asia, ever searching for interesting and elusive beasts.

I'm enthusiastic to share my fascination for the incredible living things that surround us with anyone who will listen. I have recently returned from an expedition to Burma with the BBC Natural History Unit as a presenter, the product of which will be broadcast as a three part series on BBC 2 sometime towards the end of 2013. Other television projects include a BBC Children's Natural History Unit series that I've already done some filming for.

See my website for more stuff, including my blog:

www.rosspiper.net

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"Stories about fascinating animals are great tools for whetting the appetite for knowledge. Teachers and parents will find many good tales for reaching children, including ideas about how to learn more by going out and observing." - American Reference Books Annual "Ross Piper has written this book clearly and for everyone to read and it is well laid out. One does not need a degree in zoology to enjoy the descriptions and users can dip into it and find out about specific species without having to read the book from cover-to-cover. It is also interesting that one of the entries is for the very extraordinary animal - Humans!" - Reference Reviews

About the Author

Ross Piper has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Leeds. He lives in Hertfordshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Simmons on 11 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great little book about some of the weirdest animals in the world - from the familiar to the not-so familiar. It is a very easy book to get into, which is quite refreshing with a book like this. It is crammed with useful, accurate and genuinely new and fascinating information about the animal kingdom. I was never bored when reading it. With it's chatty style you really get hooked by the author's obvious enthusiasm and you always want to read the next entry.

This is all helped by the Go Look! section for each animal. These sections give the reader tips for how they can see the various creatures performing their unusual behaviors. Like me the keen adult naturalist will find these useful and interesting, but I imagine that school and university students will really get the most out of it. I'm sure these would be a great basis for practical projects. They really bring the information alive.

I really liked this book. It sits on my coffee table and I dip into it regularly. I reckon it would also be a great addition to school libraries as a fine introduction to the amazing adaptations that have evolved in animals. I really would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drahcir on 10 Aug. 2011
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I was misled by the (last) review which described this book as "an excellent coffee table book". No doubt this is an excellent book BUT it does not correspond to my understanding of the term "coffee table book". There are no colour illustrations. With the exception of the front cover all illustrations are in black and white. Most illustrations are hand drawn. From the description "coffee table book" I had hoped for something which would be more attractive visually, particularly for young people. It is a pity that "Look inside" was not available for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bryant on 27 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A shrew that can take the weight of a man on its back; a fly that lives socially in bat poo; a crab that can open coconuts; a beetle that is propelled by its anus at up to 900km/h! Just a few examples of animals I had never heard of in this entertaining, well written and beautifully illustrated book. There are also many animals you will have heard of for sure, some of them even apparently mundane beasts, but all with a bizarre tale to tell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Insula on 5 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
`Coffee-table books' are defined as large, big on pictures and short on words - meant to display the owner's interests or presumed knowledge rather than for reading - so `Extraordinary Animals' won't please anyone who wants a book like that.

But for someone who loves reading and finding out how truth is so much stranger and more exciting than fiction, this book is superb. I've read and re-read it and there is not a single dull moment in it.

It lives up to its name - Extraordinary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Lemaire on 26 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I never knew so many strange creatures existed! Well written, accessible and fascinating book. Complete with wonderful illustrations of the strangest bugs and beasts on the planet!
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I thought this was an outstanding natural history book. It is for everybody, people who are interested,studying and already knowledgeable about natural history. I found it easy to pick up and just open a page and read. The "Go Look" section was very informative. I thought the book was written with an enthusiasm that came through the pages and held your interest.
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