My kids love to read non-fiction books with cool facts and real photography. We received a review copy of Animal Planet Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Charles Ghigna, which is a huge hit with them.
Although the book is recommended for ages 8-12, kids and adults of all ages will be fascinated by the animal photos. You simply won’t believe it til you see it. There are some really strange creatures roaming the Earth!
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This book is not about the kinds of animals most kids (and, to be honest, most adults) are familiar with. You won’t read about lions or giraffes in this book. But you will get to know some of the ickiest, stickiest, blobbiest, oddest animals including the star-nosed mole, the blobfish, and the fangtooth. It’s awesome and the kids love it.
There is more than 200 photographs throughout the book. Plus, the pages are loaded with interesting fun facts about some of the most obscure animals in the world – including some brand new discoveries!
When I browse this book with my kids, I am just as excited as they are to discover the strange, unusual, gross and cool animals. There have been several “Is that animal REALLY REAL?” moments. And it’s just as often me asking that question out loud as it is one of my kids!
I can’t fail to mention a little bit about the book’s most impressive author, Charles Ghigna. He is also known as Father Goose, is an award-winning poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer. He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and more than 100 award-winning books.
This book is a wonderful gift idea for children who love to learn about animals – especially animals that are out of the ordinary. Plus, by purchasing this book, you will be supporting a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Bites series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet’s initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.