Ben Rothery’s Weird and Wonderful Animals

Tilbury. Feb. 2024. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781668936825.
Gr 3 Up–From the paradise flying snake to the tardigrade—and pretty much everything in between—Rothery’s collection of unique animals is indeed both weird and wonderful. Following a picture table of contents and brief introduction, this book examines the physical features and adaptations (e.g., a woodpecker’s “massively long tongue”), environment, and behaviors of these carefully selected creatures. Each animal’s section provides readers with some truly unforgettable facts for even the most savvy of young science enthusiasts. The intricately drawn illustrations and photographs pair beautifully with the information presented throughout this fun field guide, perfect for upper elementary animal lovers with a more advanced vocabulary. A detailed glossary is also featured at the end of the book alongside a photograph of the illustrator’s tools and explanation of the processes taken to create the final product.
VERDICT This is both a niche book and a browser’s delight, and sure to please researchers and casual onlookers in equal measure.

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