Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals Review

Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals

Animal Planet presents the ickiest, stickiest, blobbiest, and oddest animals in the world!Did you know that an archerfish can spit water up to 16 feet? Or that the giant weta is the world’s largest and heaviest insect? Animal Planet’s fascinating exploration of animal oddities introduces young animal lovers to some of the most astonishing, gorgeous, and obscure animals in the world-including some brand new discoveries! Packed with more than 200 vibrant photographs and fun facts about animals with unusual behaviors, strange appearances, and remarkable stats, this deluxe gift book is perfect for reluctant readers or anyone who loves totally gross and amazing animals. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Bites series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet’s initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild. – Goodreads

Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals

Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals Review

This was a great book to review with the kiddo. Both of us “oohed”, “aahed” and”Eewwwwed” our way through it. Cool pictures, fun facts, and a layout that keeps the reader constantly interested. While it definitely has an educational bent, with its Creature Features section and other things, it never comes across as such. Instead it’s the type of book that informs while it amuses. It’s also great for enhancing with youtube videos. We thought the Riflebird and Batfish sounded so cool we had to look them up! We were also curious enough to want to know more about the Lowland Streaked Tenrec doing stridulation. I was completely grossed out, she was completely fascinated.

The book is laid out in 4 separate sections, but many of the animals in it could easily go in more than one.

Strange: This is the section that could truly fit most of the animals within it. Our favorite Featured Creature was the star-nosed mole, though the Proboscis Monkey was a closer runner-up. The Common Potoo had us in stitches, and we simply had to find out more about this strange-looking bird! The Frilled Shark had the potential to induce nightmares. Creature Collection: Birds

Unusual: Probably our least favorite section, but still filled with lots of pictures and facts. Our favorite Featured Creature from here was the Coelacanth, basically because anything that can survive that long is flat-out awesome.  The section on Newly Discovered Creatures was a delight. Creature Collection(s): Marvelous Mammals and Fabulous Feet.

Gross: This collection was perfectly curated, with almost every listed animal or fact being enough to even make an adult wrinkle up their nose in disgust. Our favorite Featured Creature was, oddly enough, not one either of us considered gross at all. That was the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider. Creature Collection: Bugging Out

Cool: Here the Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama takes the day. This little lizard in his Spiderman suit was a delight to see. However, the whole section is worth looking over multiple times. Creature Collections: The Eyes Have It, and Fantastic Frogs.

Overall, this was a book that both of us highly enjoyed, and I can only imagine how much better it is in book format than what we experienced in the e-book version. Great job from Animal Planet, as usual! Check Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals out on Amazon.

5 Star Rated Review

Title: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals | Publisher: Animal Planet (site)| Pub. Date: 2016-10-11 | Pages: 128 | Genre: Children’s non-fiction | Language: English | Triggers: N/A | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-9-14 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. | All pictures, quotes, etc, referenced or shown are used for review purposes only.

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