The World's Most Atrocious Animals

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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 06 Jun 2023

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This witty, quirky, colourfully illustrated and fact-filled book features some of the most terrifying and shocking animals on the planet! 

The third title in the series from the hilarious Philip Bunting is filled with facts about some of the scariest creatures in the natural world.

Meet the enormous murder hornets of east and southeast Asia, the poisonous blue-ringed octopus, Africa's hungry but deadly hippos and some truly shocking electric eels, among many more truly scary creatures!

The antagonist voice (speaking though cheeky annotations) points out the most frightening aspects of each creature's characteristics, while the narrator's voice describes engaging, factual information about each animal's seemingly scary characteristics. Are they really as scary as they seem?

With hilarious text throughout and bright, contemporary illustrations, this guide to terrifying animals contains funny labelled diagrams and fabulous facts. It will help teach kids about the animals we fear and whether their gruesome reputation is deserved!

Quirky Creatures is a series dedicated to seeking out the weird and wonderful denizens of the natural world and explaining why they are so strange, from the ridiculous to the truly terrifying. Also available in this series is The World's Most Ridiculous Animals and The World's Most Pointless Animals.
This witty, quirky, colourfully illustrated and fact-filled book features some of the most terrifying and shocking animals on the planet! 

The third title in the series from the hilarious Philip...

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley.

This book will make a great addition to every child's bookshelf. My son and I loved reading about all the different animals!

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Truly a wonderful addition to any curious child library! I read with my daughter and she loved it! Full of useful information for both inquisitive children and or adults. Tons of infortsion completely unknown before picking this book up. Also right on time for a project my daughter is doing on wildlife!

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Are these animals scary or atrocious? Are you SURE? Find out in this fun, educational title that helps to explore animals that are typically deemed scary by children. This is perfect for kids of all ages and is amazing for any child's library. The whole household LOVED it.

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Philip Bunting back at it again with another brilliant & fun educational picture book. An absolute dream for the child, but even better for the adult reading it with said child.
I am 26 years of age & I have so much joy reading Philips books.
Smart, witty & very ‘punny’ !
The Worlds Most Atrocious Animals is definitely a great title for little ones (& 26year olds like myself) to learn about the known ‘scary animals’ in a more fun, lighthearted & humorous way. I have honestly just learnt so many things about these different animals & it’s purely from the quickness of this book!
I cannot recommend Philip Buntings books enough, but especially this!

Thanks NetGalley for providing this to me - a big Philip Bunting Fan!

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Loved this. Will be buying for interesting, informative and funny! Absolutely wonderful read, and lovely illustrations too.

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Thanks to Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Happy Yak, and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy.

The World's Most Atrocious Animals is fun of facts and funnies! The illustrations are wonderful and engaging. There is plenty to love for all children. Science nerds will love the scientific name for each animal and all the descriptions. Less science minded kids will love the jokes and puns. All three of my kids, aged 4-11, loved it!

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The World's Most Atrocious Animals by Philip Bunting is such a great children's book! Our whole family enjoyed it from cover to cover. The puns, jokes, sassy descriptions, and hilarious renaming of the scientific names for each animal mad the book fun and interesting. The facts were all well researched and very cool to read about. I loved the bright illustrations and how each animal seemed to come to life on the page! If you're looking for a unique children's book this is the one to get!

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Beautiful illustrations! Wonderful facts on so many animals, creepy crawlers, and even ocean dwellers. Full of jokes and humor. Would highly recommend!

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The artwork in this is absolutely beautiful. A fun and stunning little read with lots of information and little jokes through out. Perfect for kids learning about the animal kingdom or even just to flick through and read the annotations whilst enjoying the drawings. Big fan of the jellyfish! The layout is great!
Features animals that you don’t see often

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It’s been a while since I’ve read any kind of children’s book but this caught my eye and I decided I need to read it. This is basically a run down of different types of “dangerous” animals with a small bio about each and why they were included.

This book is adorable and I loved reading it. There are a wide range of animals from all over the globe used in this (from insects all the way up to primates) and I loved all of the representation included. The illustrations for each animal in the book are very well done. I like the art style used for each. The information sections about each animal is quite short (this is a children’s book after all). but there is a ton of well, information packed into each one. There were even a couple things I didn’t know. There is also small fun facts and notes/jokes written into each section designed to look like a reader is making notes in the book and it was quite funny at times. Some of the jokes are obviously aimed at adults that may be reading this to a child and I liked that addition.

Overall I just loved this. The art is gorgeous and the book is very informative. Highly recommend for all younger readers.

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Review to come closer to the release day (July 3rd) on blog/goodreads.

I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

OMG, I was so so hyped when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley! I absolutely LOVED Philip Bunting's earlier two books: The World's Most Pointless Animals and The World's Most Ridiculous Animals.  I just had had to get this new book of his. I was hoping that it would be another favourite of mine (5+ stars), and yes it was! Oh man, I laughed. So much.

In this book we meet several atrocious/fearsome animals.. but do they really deserve that reputation? The book features 54 animals. You will meet the Atlantic Wolffish, say hi to the Green Anaconda, wave and run when you meet the Komodo Dragon, swim in the seas and meet Boy Jellyfish and Bluespotted Ribbontail Rays, laugh with Hyenas, and more. I loved the choices and I agree that they are very well known for their fearsomeness/being atrocious. I loved reading about them and learning more about these animals and what makes them to be what they are said to be.

Each animal gets 1 or 2 pages. A big picture and some small text about the animal and what he does. It is nice and bite-sized this way. Sometimes books about animals just give you so much information that it the mind just gets too full, but this? This is perfect.

Just like the previous books this one is also packed to the gills with puns. Not just giving the animals new Latin names, like Grey Wolf > Biggus Baddus or Bull Shark > Nom Chompsky. But also through showing us a picture of the animal and pointing arrows at it with information. Some are just normal, but there are a few that just made me laugh so much. Like with the Hairy Frog: "Known to kermit hideous crimes." or  for the Orca: "They sing together to form an orcastra." or this one for the African Giant Swallowtail: "Will give you much more than butterflies in your tummy." I just loved each picture and see what things would be mentioned there.

All in all, I loved this one and it was so much fun! I hope that Philip Bunting will bring out many more of these books because I want more! I would highly recommend this book to all~

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The World’s Most Atrocious Animals is a must have for classroom, libraries, and home bookshelves! Engaging illustrations bring to life a variety of animals, some familiar and some perhaps unfamiliar! Children are introduced to larger concepts and vocabulary with helpful explanations that help them understand new ideas or terms! Pages are filled with humor and that’s win for every child when a book is informative and fun!

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Kids will love to read this book about some of the most deadly animals. Each animal is featured on its own page. The illustrations and side comments are vivid and enjoyable. Kids will enjoy learning about their favorite "atrocious" animals and learn some new ones as well. This series is definitely a great addition to any elementary classroom and library.

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