Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals (Hardcover)

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By Michael Hearst, Jelmer Noordeman (Illustrator), Christie Wright (Illustrator)
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The blobfish is the Jell-O of the sea, the Jesus Christ Lizard appears to walk on water, and the hagfish secretes gross slime—learn more about these and other extraordinary animals. (9-14)

— From Science


With humor and flair, Michael Hearst introduces the reader to a wealth of extraordinary life-forms. Which animal can be found at the top of Mount Everest, 10,000 feet under the sea, and in your backyard? Which animal poops cubes? Which animal can disguise itself as a giant crab? These fascinating facts and hundreds more await curious minds, amateur zoologists, and anyone who has ever laughed at a funny-looking animal.

About the Author

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, whose albums include Planets and As Smart As We Are, and his solo works include Songs for Ice Cream Trucks and Songs for Unusual Creatures. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Jelmer Noordeman is an illustrator living in Rotterdam.

Praise For…

"This invitingly designed volume featuring 50 eclectic creatures will inspire young readers with enthusiasm for the natural world." - Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review

"We are enthralled by the information and sheer artistry in bookmaking of this compendium of odd living things from around the globe" - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word, Best Books to Give To Kids You Don't Know Very Well

" A cool compendium of fascinating animals" - Boston Globe/ Best Children's Books of the Year

"This handsome volume is a fun-for-all informative compendium." - School Library Journal

"Not cute curios, but the seriously weird, which... make the animals that much more appealing." - Kirkus Reviews

"May well inspire a new generation of budding scientists" - Shelf Awareness for Readers/Best Books of The Year

"Hugely entertaining and just as informative" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Hearst's enthusiasm for his subject... comes through on every page. A terrific conversation starter." - Scientific American

"Hearst's appreciation for the quirkiness of nature shines through, and is reinforced in a concluding note admonishing readers to be kind to the earth" - The Horn Book Magazine

"Author Michael Hearst keeps the tone exciting and entertaining, often times breaking into a goofy poem, or throwing in a quirky true or false quiz." - Apartment Therapy

"A really spectacularly inventive, weird, and beautiful book for kids of all ages. Get one for the kid nearest at hand, which might be yourself." - Rick Moody, author of Garden State and The Ice Storm

"A quirky toast to the fascinating, impressively well-adapted freaks among us." - Discover Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452104676
ISBN-10: 1452104670
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: September 26th, 2012
Pages: 112
Language: English

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