By Chronicle Books

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2012

Unusual Creatures

Aye-aye! Have you heard of the blobfish? How do you pronounce “axolotl”? This guide can fill you in on those and many other sensational science oddities in the animal kingdom. For example, did you know that the long-eared jerboa has ears that are two-thirds the size of its body? If this were the case for humans, adults would have ears over 3 feet long! The book is an absolutely beautiful addition to any kid’s library, especially for those interested in the strange-but-true parts of nature. Witty and wonderfully designed Unusual Creatures has just the right amount of science facts, goofy trivia, bizarre creatures and charm that makes science feel so cool. (Chronicle, $16.99)