Book review – Who are you calling weird?

Title: Who are you calling weird?

Written by: Marilyn Singer

Illustrated by: Paul Daviz

Published by: Word and Pictures (an imprint of the Quarto Group)

Who are you calling weird

This quirky and unusual non-fiction picture book for older readers (mid-grade+) contains an array of bizarre creatures that at first glance you would not be blamed for believing are the creation of science fiction. But all of the animals in this book are real and alive today. Marilyn Singer takes the reader on a fascinating journey to explore the strange and exotic wildlife that live in unique habitats all over the world. She describes their features and examines the purpose of their specific behaviours and adaptations.

Each double page spread has a bold, eye-catching illustration of each incredible creature. The kind of beautiful full-colour illustrations that make a book precious. Find out about the Aye-aye lemur from Madagascar, ponder over the incredible armoured Pangolin, be amazed by the hairy frog with claws like Wolverine and intrigued by the legends that evolved around the Narwhal, a real life unicorn.

This book could be used in the classroom to support work on biospheres, food chains and adaptations. One to treasure.

Who are you calling weird? is indeed a cornucopia of diversity every child will love to devour.

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