Really Weird Animals


32 pages
Contains Photos, Index
ISBN 0-86505-727-3
DDC j591




Illustrations by Jeannette McNaughton-Julich
Reviewed by Patrick Colgan

Patrick Colgan is the executive director of the Canadian Museum of
Nature in Ottawa.


Admitting up front that weirdness is only a human perspective, this book
presents something fascinating about each of following 13 species:
arboreal sloth, armored armadillo, narwhal, torpid tarsier, slimy
hagfish, tuatara (has a third eye), termite-feeding aardwolf, warthog,
capybara (the largest rodent), carrion-feeding Tasmanian devil, zorilla
(cousin to the skunks), aquatic proboscis monkey, and burrowing wombat.
The text is direct and informative, and surrounded by good color
photographs and drawings. (The capybara is photographed amid a thicket
of alligators.) There is a glossary, and an index, but regrettably no
geographical information or list of further reading. Recommended.


Everts, Tammy, and Bobbie Kalman., “Really Weird Animals,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 26, 2024,