Unusual Creatures

A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals

By Hearst, Michael

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ISBN
978-1-4521-0467-6
Publisher
Chronicle


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Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2012

Hearst's smart, humorous volume has all the trappings of a conventional science text: field guide-like pages (including Latin names of the featured animals, habitat maps, and classification breakdowns); "Did You Know?" sidebars; and clear illustrations (digitally colored ink drawings) that highlight important physiological features. The fifty entries are listed alphabetically, from axolotl to yeti crab, and Hearst pr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2012  |  Science

Also illustrated by Jelmer Noordeman. Field guide–like pages (including Latin names of the featured animals, habitat maps, and classification breakdowns); "Di...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 1, 2012

A striking book that brims with appeal. Using a casual, conversational tone, Michael Hearst includes intriguing information as he alphabetically makes his way through dozens of extraordinary creatures. Take the axolotl, for example. Its name “comes from the Aztec language. The most common translation is ‘water dog.’” And “Scientists are still investigating what enables the axolotl to regenerate body parts, including a leg, tail, eye, or even its heart!” Facts are presented in an engaging way, using forms as varied as “short poems” (...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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