The World's Most Pointless Animals
Or are they?
by Philip Bunting
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2021
From familiar animals like giraffes (who don’t have any vocal cords) through to those that surely should not even exist, such as the pink fairy armadillo (absurdly huge front claws, super tough protective shell in baby pink, particularly susceptible to stress), our planet is full of some pretty weird and wonderful animals. For example: Koalas spend up to 18 hours a day asleep!Pandas are born bright pink, deaf, and blind.Dumbo octopuses flap their big fin-like ears to move around.A Narwhal’s tusk grows through its upper lip—ouch! With hilarious text throughout and bright, contemporary illustrations, this guide to absurdly awesome animals contains funny labelled diagrams and some excellent made-up Latin names (n.b. the jellyfish’s scientific name is not actually wibblious wobblious ouchii).
Carrying an important message of celebrating diversity and differences, The World’s Most Pointless Animals inspires a drive to conserve our amazing planet and the creatures we’re lucky enough to share it with.
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This book is for a slightly older audience than I anticipated, BUT it's so dang cute! I love the ridiculous face scientific names, and the silly "facts" were exactly my type of humor. A very cute book!
Fabulous! I loved everything. The illustrations, the comments, the selection of animals. It was all on point and just wonderful. Some very fun pieces of info here. Just lovely!
Review to come July 9th to blog/goodreads. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. When I saw the title I knew I had to press the Read Now button. I had to read this book. I love books about animals and lately I have been moving towards the more silly books about animals to still my hunger for animal facts. This one seemed to fit the bill and I can say after reading it, yes it did. It was all I wanted and more. In this book we meet all sorts of silly, weird, strange, and at the first glance pointless animals. But are they really pointless is the biggest question. Because as we find out each animal has something that is pretty cool and not so pointless. The book is written full of humour and I laughed plenty while reading this one. I loved that each page had one animal highlighted. Well, some animals just got a bit more attention with TWO pages! But most had one. Each animal gets a big picture (featuring some funny and good art) of said animal with all kinds of little arrows pointing to parts of the animal's body and listing something about it. And no, not the boring stuff you may get with biology books. Oh no. No bones this or eyeball that. No we get facts like: "Word of advice, never throw a surprise party for a myotonic goat." or for the Dung Beetle: "Eats poop!" and "Some live in poop." and "Loves poop.". It really made me laugh and I loved that they added this. I also like the fake Latin name each animal got. Some favourites: Scaredius Stiffus (Goat), Wibblious Wobblious Ouchii (Jellyfish), Waitiae Waitiea Longus Timus Flappi Flappi Buzz Buzz Flappi Flappi Buzz Buzz Deadus (Cicada), and lastly Dracularis Barkus Bambi (Tufted Deer). Next to the funny parts we also get some information about the animal, what it does, how it lives, and what kind of special things they can do. I loved the combination of silly/funny and (mostly) serious. That is how I like my non-fiction books these days! OH, and I even met some animals I didn't know about (like Pink Fairy Armadillo (which I had to look up as I couldn't believe something like this existed) or the Giraffe Weevil). All in all, HIGHLY recommended. This was just so much fun and definitely one of my favourite books of June! I will be buying this book for my collection when it releases~
This would be a good one to keep on a classroom bookshelf for independent reading. The illustrations are fun and colorful and the prose is casual and irreverent. Each animal would be a manageable “bite” for a new or reluctant reader and the occasional bits of slightly gross humor may help early elementary students to engage. Animal facts and jokes are presented side-by-side without any obvious distinction which would make an effective critical-thinking exercise for kids working on comprehension. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
"The World’s Most Pointless Animals is a witty, quirky, colorfully-illustrated book featuring fascinating facts about some very silly animals…who we find are perhaps not so pointless after all." With beautifully odd illustrations of quite peculiar animals, this book goes through different pointless aspects of each. All different with unique aspects, this book highlights the fact that there is a place for everyone in the world.
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Great informational book for kids about animals that may seem pointless, but we might need them after all.
Oh my goodness, this book is hilarious and informative. I can see my kids in stitches having a blast as they learn about The World's Most Pointless Animals. It's learning at its finest because they won't even realize they are learning. The humor is perfect, my personal favorite is the Blobfish with a great face for radio. I challenge you to read this book without laughing and learning.
I love this book. This book explains perfectly why the animals appear to have no purpose in the great circle of life and then explains why they exist. This book expertly explains that nothing in nature is without a purpose. Also my son loved it and spent hours going through it and asking me numerous questions about things he didn’t understand. This books is suitable for both kids and adults.
This books shows kids that even the most seemingly pointless animals have a place in the ecosystem. The book has an illustration of each animal, their scientific name and then all around it the "pointless" facts (such as haha snails are slimy and gross) and then under it shows that while that may be true, they are also very important to the food chain and breaking down vegetation and waste. I think this book would be successful among the middle grade age range (8-12). It has a sarcastic tone while still being informative that I think that age group would appreciate. Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
children, adult, humor, zoology***** Superb book for family (or librarians) to read WITH children! It focuses on living creatures that seem to have no usefulness, like worms (unless you are a gardener of enjoy fishing) and other beings that are rarely heard of (like the Pink Fairy Armadillo). This delightfully illustrated mini-compendium is designed to show that even very unusual beings have a purpose (just like people). I want a copy! I requested and received a free temporary e-book from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books/Happy Yak via NetGalley. THANK YOU!
What a beautiful book, lots of fascinating and fun facts about quirky animal. I can imagine my reluctant reading arguing on who gets to read this book next! The perfect balance of facts, humour and pictures.
This book is a perfect gift for any animal lover! My little one loves learning about animals and this book has delighted her. The information is fun and interesting and in digestible amounts. The pictures are beautiful and engaging. The publisher made a copy of this book available for review via Netgalley. This is my honest review.
This is a fun and cute children's non-fiction book about weird animals. The illustrations are attractive and the fake Latin names are hysterical.
Philip Bunting has done it again. The perfect blend of facts and fun. The layout of the book is appealing, with big, bright, clear illustrations. Interesting facts bite sized facts about each animal, and then one paragraph with a little more info. There's a great mix of animals too. From ones everyone will know like the goldfish, koala and giraffe to the more bizarre, like the red-lipped batfish and the pink fairy armadillo! The humour comes into it with the scientific names of each animal...the latin names have been crossed out and new names have been given. I think that wibblious Wobblious OUchii, is much more appropriate (and fun) than Medusozoa for a jellyfish or Peepee Stinkipaws for a capuchin monkey. I love this book, and I think it will be a firm favourite with animal lovers, and the perfect book for sharing as a family. I can imagine young readers reeling of facts at the dinner table...did you know that the platypus has no stomach...or that a naked mole rat eats it's own poop! See hours of fun for the whole family.
The World's Most Pointless Animals: Or are They? by Philip Bunting is a children's non fiction book currently scheduled for release on July 202021. From familiar animals like giraffes (who don’t have any vocal cords) through to those that surely should not even exist, such as the pink fairy armadillo (absurdly huge front claws, super tough protective shell in baby pink, particularly susceptible to stress), our planet is full of some pretty weird and wonderful animals. For example: Koalas spend up to 18 hours a day asleep!Pandas are born bright pink, deaf, and blind.Dumbo octopuses flap their big fin-like ears to move around.A Narwhal’s tusk grows through its upper lip—ouch! The World's Most Pointless Animals is a fun and informative book that will keep readers engaged as they learn about some of the less common animals that we share the planet with. The illustrations are fun, and give some accurate scale and detail of each animal while also being cute and silly. A good number of the animals were ones I already knew about, because this are my favorite kind of animals, but some were new or less well known to me. The made up latin names were fun, although I think tossing in the correct names would not have been a bad move, since some of the real latin names (and translation) are pretty amusing in their own right. I like that each animal each got a page (or two) dedicated to it, and that some of the value of each as part of the larger ecosystem is covered. I also like that the book celebrates the things that make the animals different, the things that might have us wondering why they are like that, and points out that we all have our differences and that is what makes the world interesting and so much fun. I a book that balances fun, learning, and a good message. This book has that in spades.
*Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this opportunity to read and review this ARC!* I wish I had this book when I was 10 or so! This is a great book for budding zoologists and fact-finders alike - and everyone else for that matter! Sarcastic and witty, this book shows some of the weirdest and most pointless animals alive today and has facts - both in a paragraph form and in little doodle writing jab-type facts on the side. Two jab-type/sarcastic facts (example) are the Jellyfish: "...its mouth is also its butt..." and the Sun Bear "...small bear complex..." which could be seen as slightly inappropriate.
This book was so cute! The illustrations are perfect and really display the personalities of the different insects and animals. The silly comments on the page as well as their fake latin name made me giggle every time. While the book is very fun, it's a bit over the level it's advertised for (ages 6-8). It's set up for younger kids, but personally, I think the language and jokes are a bit too high level.