Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Unusual Creatures, by Michael Hearst

Subtitle:  A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals.

Illustrator:  Jelmer Noordeman 

I really enjoyed this.  Of course, I love interesting tidbits about animals, so I'm bound to enjoy a book like this, with its collection of strange and interesting creatures.

It's physically big, so the illustrations are big too, with each two-page spread artfully using only 1-2 colors.  Very nice.  I also appreciated the distribution maps. 

The info is interesting, with each animal having a very short (VERY short) sum-up and then strange facts, true/false questions, or even little poems.  The writing style is breezy.  The selection of animals is good—though most are familiar from other similar books.

I did wish there were a little more detail on each animal, but if you go in expecting just a quick survey, you'll really like it.  

More accurate rating:  4.5 stars

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