By: Charles Ghigna

Published: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Animal Planet


Third graders were BEGGING me to read from this book last time I subbed in their classroom. This is a book every kid will be fascinated with.

Animal Planet has brought the strangest and most interesting animals to life in this book to show kids how vast the creatures of our planet really are. From Betic Midwife Toad to the Rhombic Egg Eater to the Christmas Frigatebird to the Hickory Horned Devil, I learned about all kinds of animals I never heard of nor do I want to ever see in person.

The photography, of course, is amazing and there is just enough information to teach kids about where they live and why they are either strange, unusual, gross or cool. With some creatures, it gives quite a bit of information and others, like the Jumping Spider below, just gives a little tidbit. Isn’t this photo enough to give you the creeps?

The book is laid out in sections based on the title. When I subbed in third grade, I used reading from this book as a behavior incentive by giving them a few strange animals while waiting to go to lunch. The kids were fascinated and couldn’t wait to have me read more. Later in the day after they had worked hard on their assignments, I chose a child to pick a category and then read a random creature from that section. It was a little bit of science and geography wrapped together talking about the creature and discussing where they lived. The kids loved seeing the photos most of all.

This is a great book for any child, but especially those who love science. I’m sure I could use this as an incentive in any elementary classroom. Our own high-school-aged kids even had fun looking through it.

Charles Ghigna – source

Charles Ghigna is an award-winning poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer. Many know him as Father Goose. He has authored more than 5,000 poems and 100 books. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Debra Ghigna, who is also a celebrated children’s author. For more on Ghigna, check out his website, HERE.

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  1. Charles Ghigna on November 26, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Thanks, Stacie, for this thoughtful review!

  2. bermudaonion on November 27, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I haven't read this one yet but I'm looking forward to it. It looks wonderful!

  3. Penelope Sanchez on December 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    My son loves this book and finds the text and the illustrations informative and sometimes gross! It has a wealth of facts for the young and those of us who are not so young!

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