Illustrated by: Paul Daviz
Published by: Quarto/Words and Pictures, 2018
Copyright © Marilyn Singer 2018

Who Are You Calling Weird?

(excerpt)

INTRODUCTION

A big-eyed lemur with magical fingers. A very smelly bird that climbs trees with its claws. A roly-poly, scaly creature that isn’t a snake. A duck-billed, egg-laying critter that isn’t a bird.

Are these animals in fairy tales? Are they invented by writers or mad scientists? Nope. These bizarre beasts are just as real as you are. Although they may seem strange to you, there’s a reason for each one’s peculiar features or behavior. So, come along, if you dare, on a trip into the weird and wonderful.

Explore rivers and oceans, grasslands and rain forests, swamps and deserts. Climb up to the tallest treetops and dig down into hidden burrows. Swim in the sparkling sunlight, and dive into the darkest depths of the oceans to meet these marvelous animals. You’ll find out who they are and why they look and act the way they do. Get ready to be amazed at just how practical and fantastic the natural world can be!