The World's Most Ridiculous Animals
by Philip Bunting
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2022
The second title in the series from the hilarious Philip Bunting is filled with facts about some of the weirdest creatures in the natural world.
The antagonist voice (speaking though cheeky annotations) points out the apparent ridiculousness of each creature's features, while the narrator's voice describe the evolutionary reasons or advantages for each animal's extraordinary characteristics.
With hilarious text throughout and bright, contemporary illustrations, this guide to ridiculous animals contains funny labelled diagrams and will help teach kids about evolution by studying some of its most wild products!
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Average rating from 38 members
Review to come July 4th to blog/goodreads.
I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
I was totally over the moon when I spotted that Philip Bunting had a new book about animals out! Last time it was about Pointless Animals (or are they?). This time ridiculous animals! I was hyped to see what kind of ridiculous animals we would be reading about. I was curious if I was going to be laughing as much as I did with his last book.
I loved the collection of animals that made up this book! We have a collection of 55 animals. Anything from birds to spiders to fish to anything else. There were plenty that I recognised when I looked at the content field.. however there were a few that I didn't know or didn't know based on the English name, haha. So I learned some new animals and I love it. Like the adorable Sea Sheep, which isn't really a sheep, but still very cute. Or the not so cute, but still awesome zombie snail. Also wtf to the Mexican Mole Lizard, what is that nature, what is that? Plus, I am happy to see some of my favourite babies pop up in the book, like my baby Gobi Jerboa (appropriate renamed to Jerboa Goboingi).
Just like the last time we don't just get boring things about the animals, oh no, we get some really fun things! Again, we get a picture of the animal, but not the boring stuff. Like with the maned wolf (longus leggus lupus is indeed a better Latin name) they have next to their ears the text: "How's the weather up there?". Or at their feet: "Nice socks.". I had such a laugh at the peafowl whose text included: "Every day's Mardi Gras for this guy." I am delighted that the author went for the humour again and made learning about these ridiculous animals fun and interesting. You just want to see what makes up these animals. I also love that he fixed the Latin names to some funnier ones. Here are a couple of my favourites: Markhor (Pongus Goatus), Bee hummingbird (Nectar Vampirus Teenyweenius), Green Basilisk Lizard (Slpishae Sploshea Itsamiraculae), Flamingo (Shrimpus Addictus), Frill-Neck Lizard (Draco Hissyfitium, which just reminds me of a certain character in HP XD), Lowland streaked tenrec (Sonic Notahedgehogium), Velvet Worm (Blastus Fromthe Pastus).
There are also tons of puns and jokes next to the things I mentioned. Like this one: "Decorator crabs don't like to share their ornaments. They are a little shellfish." or with the hummingbird: "The size of a bee! Sounds like a bee! It is... not a bee."
Like the previous book the art was just fabulous and I really enjoyed them! It really fitted with the theme of the book on how they were drawn. Still very recognisable but also silly/ridiculous.
Another book by Philip Bunting that I just got to give 5+ stars! And another one I desperately need for my own collection at home! I would highly recommend this book if you like animals + humour!
Chock-full of puns, this charming, illustrated educational book about all kinds of weird animals and insects was an entertaining read, full of information I never knew about, even the animals I had already heard of!
The illustrations and funny little notes by the pictures made the experience much more fun than just reading about them. I would recommend this to people of all ages, especially children, that adore animals and bugs of all shapes and sizes.
This book made me smile all the way through and is amazing for kids of all ages who are interested in animals! I learned so much about animals, some that I'd never even heard of, and the ways that they've evolved and adapted over time - and even a couple who have been around since the dinosaurs and haven't changed at all! The illustrations are amazing throughout, with snarky comments written in by an antagonist who tries to change what the narrator is relating about the animals (such as changing the Latin names of the animals to things like "Beardus Weirdus") which I, and a lot of kids especially in the middle-grades, will love.
I am always looking for fun books that will introduce more kids to the joys of non-fiction and this title definitely fits the bill! A big thank you to Quarto Publishing/Happy Yak and NetGalley for the early opportunity to read this marvelous/ridiculous book!
A worth reading nonfiction book; both for kids and adults
”All anglerfish are great at geometry”
This is the kind of book that you read with a smile on your face the whole time and, it being a nonfiction book that makes it extra special.
The paragraphs are short but concise and very comprehensive, and the colorful illustrations are not only enjoyable but also helpful to show some of the important aspects the book is talking about.
For that reason, its mix of drawings, facts and humor works perfectly, and makes it the kind of work that is perfect to gain knowledge while having fun.
I’m going to admit that I already knew a few of those animals (I’ve been reading picture books since I can remember, and I really enjoy watching documentaries as well), but at least half of them were brand new for me. If you ask me, the Superb Lyrebird was probably the most interesting of them, and there are some unbelievable videos on the internet that I wouldn’t have watched if I hadn’t read this book.
So yeah, either you’re a kid or an adult, you can get a lot of curious facts (and laughs) from this book.
The Best: I’m thankful that the author uses both metric and imperial system of measurement, so I don’t have to convert the units by myself.
The Worst: Those pages with black background and white text are not so easy to read.
I received this for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The World's Most Ridiculous Animals is a really fun book to learn more about animals!! I loved the mixture of facts with humor in this book, pointing out ridiculous features of each animal. The illustrations were cartoonish and very fun!!
80 pages of fun information with colourful, fun illustrations. I mean who doesn't need a fun book like this to gain knowledge!
Okay it's for the kids but we adults also have fun reading such carefully compiled books while reading along with them.
Love the colourful pages and the basic information given in each page.
Learned a lot about these animals and birds. Worth your time. And this book is so beautiful!
Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group- Frances Lincoln Children's Books, for the advance review copy.
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