PUBLICATION: Ten Speed Press, March 29th, 2016
Did you know that polar bears are actually black with clear fur?
Did you know that a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?
Did you know that cockroaches will eat anything except cucumbers?
Odds are, the answer is no to each of those questions. It was for me at least. When I first received this book, I had no idea what to expect. Was it just a book of random animal facts? Yes. Were there random cool illustrations of animals? Yes. Would it be a book for me or for my toddler? Yes.
This book was fun and beautifully illustrated. I actually read it aloud to my wife and son who found it as interesting as me. The illustrations are nicely done in a very IKEA-esque manner reminding me of several items we own from there. Later I would learn that the author is from Sweden which makes sense.
I particularly found many of the eye facts amazing and my wife's favorite part was learning what a group of each animal was called (Did you know that a group of ravens is called a conspiracy?) The book really excelled in giving the reader just enough info on each page without overstaying its welcome. I like that this book knows what it wanted to accomplish and it did that. The author/illustrator was very direct at the purpose of this book and because of this, the whole project was a success.
I can see this book being brought out when my son gets older or when my nieces and nephews come to visit. Very engaging and visually stimulating, this book was a hit. This would make a great holiday gift for kids or those just learning to read. I really don't have anything bad to say about this book. Very fun, very interesting, and a great job all around. I just wish it was a bit longer. Those little factoids are quite addicting.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love to read and to discuss books. My preferred genre is sci-fi but I like to read mostly anything.