Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Michael J. Rosen
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
This fascinating book is full of animals that have strange adaptations. It has a variety of animals and unique adaptations that leave you in wonder at the natural world. It includes animals from every animal class, and each animal has a description describing their unique adaptation and how it helps them survive. The types of adaptations are varied, which keeps the book engaging and interesting. The book also has an introduction that talks about Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution. The book is a fun read, with lots of great pictures and many different animals who all have really bizarre adaptations.
This book isn’t necessarily one you would sit down and read all in one go. It’s very long and full of tons of information, but it’s really charming and interesting. This kind of book appeals to the reader in us that likes to learn a bit, go read something else, and return to learn more. I feel like if a young reader tried reading the book in one sitting they would find that they had remembered learning a great deal about animals with strange adaptations, but would be unable to remember much of the information the text presented. The overall presentation was pleasant, although the text is definitely daunting in how dominant it is in comparison to the pictures. Overall, a fascinating read for any young reader that loves learning about weird animals!