Creature Features

Creature Features

25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Book - 2014
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Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head? Axolotl: They aren't feathers--they're gills! They let me breathe underwater.
Let's face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person's features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous--and very true--explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014.
ISBN: 9780544233515
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. maps.
Additional Contributors: Page, Robin 1957-


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forbesrachel Mar 04, 2015

In this Q&A session, the narrator asks a bunch of animals why they look the way they do, to which, each of them responds with the facts. Some of these creatures include the Pufferfish, and Harpy Eagle. Most of these animals get paired with another on the facing page; these represent a common theme showing how vastly different animals evolved similar features to achieve different things. In general these creatures look pretty funny, but the artist further emphasizes their unusual traits with portrait-style collages made of pieces of painted paper. While the information is limited, a chart in the back provides a few extra details like size, diet, and origin. This is a fun book that will easily amuse and intrigue young children.

ChristchurchKids Oct 27, 2014

An inviting question-and-answer format lends a relatable tone -- and plenty of quirky humour -- to this fascinating book in which 25 animals explain their unusual features. The information presented here (did you know that the star-nosed mole uses its snout tentacles to see in the dark? or that the deep-sea blobfish only looks so blobby when it's taken out of the water?) is just as attention-grabbing as the bold illustrations of outlandish creatures. Can't get enough weird animal facts and cunning cut-paper collages? Check out Robin Page and Steve Jenkins' other books, such as How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?

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