Who Are You Calling Weird?: A Celebration of Weird & Wonderful Animals Hardcover – 25 Oct 2018
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About the Author
Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children’s author who has written more than 100 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 characterised by big, bold shapes, sweeping lines, strong colours, 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.
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Very highly recommended.
Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.
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*** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***
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.
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:
* Pacific Barreleye
* Dumbo Octopus
* Star-nosed Mole
* Proboscis Monkey
* Hammer-headed Bat
* Mwanza Flat-headed Agama
* Hairy Frog
* Boxer Crab
* Lowland Streaked Tenrec
* Helmeted Hornbill
* Naked Mole-rat
* Leafy Sea Dragon
* Hairy Frogfish
* Three-toed Sloth
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.
On the other hand, the book seems a bit long considering the writing style. It feels like a book that should be read to someone, but it's definitely not one you'd want to tackle in one sitting! Maybe it would work for new readers who are doing the read aloud thing where reading about one animal a night might work.
I also really did not like the illustrations here. This book is about unusual animals, animals that are not usually featured in kids' books. I would have far preferred to see realistic art or photos to go along with all the factual information here.
So this is just an average book for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with a DRC of this book.