Unusual Creatures A Mostly Accurate Account of Earth's Strangest Animals by Michael Hearst

Unusual Creatures A Mostly Accurate Account of Earth's Strangest Animals

Written by Michael Hearst
Illustrated by


Unusual Creatures A Mostly Accurate Account of Earth's Strangest Animals by Michael Hearst

With humour 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? Unusual Creatures includes these answers plus hundreds more fascinating facts for curious minds, amateur zoologists and anyone who has ever laughed at a funny-looking animal. Perfect for enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike, in class and at home.


Not cute curios, but the seriously weird, which... make the animals that much more appealing. - Kirkus Reviews 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 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 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 This invitingly designed volume featuring 50 eclectic creatures will inspire young readers with enthusiasm for the natural world. - Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review 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

About the Author

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. His solo works include Songs for Ice Cream Trucks and Songs for Unusual Creatures. Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright together make up the multi-disciplinary design company Elasticbrand, based in Amsterdam. Jelmer Noordeman, Arjen's brother, is an illustrator living and working in the Netherlands.

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112 pages


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Chronicle Books

Publication date

1st August 2014



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