Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals – review and giveaway

If your children are anything like my 7 year old son, then they are fascinated by the weirdest of creatures.  When we started to look through Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals recently, Monkey was hooked from the first page.

Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals

The title alone, Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals was enough to tell Monkey that he’d love this book.  The 128 page hardback book from the Animal Planet series is a great addition to our reference books and the photography is stunning.  The book is aimed at children aged 8 years and over who are confident readers, but my 7 year old has been reading it with some help from me.

In Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals you’ll find gallery pages which explores a specific environment and shows different animals that share the same habitat.

Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals

There are featured animal pages which do as they say, highlighting one specific animal in any given territory, with specific facts and more wonderful photography.  We both rather fell for this Thorny Dragon.

Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals

There are also creature collection pages which showcase a number of different animals and information on where you might find them across the globe.

Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals

The macroview pages are just stunning, and they show tiny details on the smallest of animals.  These were fascinating to look at, and both my 7 year old son and I learned things as we’ve been reading this book.

Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals

In Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals you get to meet a range of different animals, not all of them that well known either.  It’s a great educational book and we’ve loved looking through it.  Neither of us had ever heard of the Nata Nata and it’s incredibly long, flat neck, it’s a very strange turtle indeed. If you happen to visit Madagascar at any time, you might come across one of the thirty-one types of Tenrec which look a little like our beloved hedgehogs. We always look out for the Hornbills when we visit zoos, did you know that the Rhinoceros Hornbill can live up to 90 years?

Monkey is looking forward to wowing his friends with his new knowledge when he sees them after the school holidays for sure.  Priced at £14.99 we think Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals makes a great addition to a bookshelf.  I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Planet series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet’s initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.

disclosure:  we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.


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About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

154 thoughts on “Strange, Unusual, Gross and Cool Animals – review and giveaway

  1. The strangest animal I’ve ever seen is a frog-fish whilst on a dive. It’s quite and ugly fish and looks like a clump of seaweed.

  2. strangest would be a hoopee which is a bird with a very long curved beak it looks very funny but as evolved to survive

  3. My nephew has a Leopard gecko as a pet – I fnd it quite strange – don’t know whether to like it or be scared! I like a pet that I can stroke and cuddle and preferably has fur!

  4. the strangest i have seen is a honey badger.it looks so cute and fuzzy but its actually a total savage!my son gave me a long lengthy talk about them lol

  5. We found a Slow worm in the garden once and I didn’t like it all.I know it’s not a snake but it looks like one and I’m not a fan.

  6. Some of the creepies in my garden – don’t know what half of them are -every year there seems to be more and more!

  7. Tasmanian devil – thankfully in the zoo ! It thought it was feeding time but the food was for the dingo next door so he spat all over the glass !

  8. Which is the strangest creature you’ve come across and why? . . . bumblebee because according to the laws of aerodynamics it is impossible for them to fly, but they do and so beautifully

  9. When I was about 10 me and my friends found a pipistrelle bat, it was a beautiful little thing, with a squished up face

  10. A huge dragonfly type thing hanging off my washing line it was so big I thought it was a peg, the washing went in the dryer

  11. i dont think i ever really have! we found a HUGE fat caterpillar once, i think it was a giant moth of some sort

  12. I have a fascination for jellyfish, I remember nearly stepping on a Japanese Man o War as a child that was washed up on a beach

  13. I was sat by the swimming pool at the villa I was staying in at Kissimmee in Florida one evening, and an Armadillo came for a stroll across the fence!

  14. Today on my walk with the dog I found a big red fluffy ball on a wild rose bush which turned out to be the home of the home and nest of a Cynipid gall wasp! I was so impressed I took a photo and put it on my instagram!

  15. A millipede. Not so much because they’re a strange animal per se, but finding one crawling out from under your bed is a strange and rather scary experience!

  16. There was a Possum who lived on our caravan roof when me and my best friend were working in Australia. He was really cute so we didn’t mind, but it was a nightmare getting any sleep with him running about 😉

  17. It would definitely be various humans that I’ve met. It’s true what they say – there’s nowt stranger than folk!

  18. An elephant hawk moth Caterpillar when I was gardening aka hacking through the jungle in or garden! It was the biggest Caterpillar I have ever seen. I placed it in next doors garden under leaves so it could have so peace away from us.

  19. Women (of course) – I see dozens every day wherever I go, and there’s no understanding a single one of them 😉

  20. We saw an armadillo run across our garden while in Florida…such a memorable moment because it was my first trip to Florida, and I was so excited to see such an amazing creature out in the wild.

  21. This is a hard question: I love chameleons as they change colour, but also the rural africans in Zimbabwe are terrified of them as they believe they are spirits or something.

  22. Lungfish (also known as salamanderfish) As not only does it not look like a fish but it can also breath out of water

  23. I absolutely love watching chameleons change colour. It fascinates me plus have you seen their babies? They are so teeny tiny and sooo cute x

  24. When I first started to keep Malawi tropical fish I had no idea they keep their eggs in their mouth and even the fry for a month or so ! Think that’s really odd lol

  25. Naked mole-rat – saw a programme on tv about them and how they can live to be really old. They are looking at the genetics of them to see if humans can live longer. They have really stretchy skin too!

  26. The New Zealand weta insect is the scariest and ugliest creature I have ever seen. The name weta means God of Ugly Things. Apart from being ugly, they jump a long way and they hold onto you with their pincers.

  27. Has to be the giant spiders we saw when I was lucky enough to visit Kenya with my parents – They live in the palm trees and just looked crazy hanging in the trees!

  28. The Gila Monster in Arizona because it is a poisonous lizard and looks a bit like a snake and it is very scary!

  29. I was in the Sudan a few years ago, and we came across a flock of Shoebills which are very large birds. Weirdest looking things I’ve ever seen.

  30. a crocodile… if that counts, was waiting at a bus stop in mexico and saw it in the water next to us! we decided to walk…

  31. After a recent visit to our local nature centre, I am informed a red panda because they aren’t red & don’t look like a panda !

  32. I used to live in South Africa where there was a lot of strange and peculiar animals and insects, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, the Giant Girdled Lizard and the Black Widow Spider!

  33. I think it would be a tarantula. As when I held it, it felt like it had sticky feet, not at all what I was expecting!

  34. An Elephant Hawk Moth. Strange because the colours were just so vibrant that they looked unreal and you don’t expect to see something like that in a suburban garden in Essex. I wish I could attach a photo.

  35. When I was at school I found a caterpillar like creature but it was really bright colours and 3 times bigger than any I had ever seen before. As we lived a short distance from a banana importers we thought that it might have come from there

  36. Jameitos. They’re a species of blind albino crabs which are only found in Lanzarote. They’re tiny and quite cute!

  37. Bats in India, it wasn’t the bats that were strange but the behaviour I’d never seen before – they slept all day in the open, all on one tree so it looked like that particular tree was covered in black leaves.

  38. The processional caterpillar thingys….proper scary, can actually kill animals, urgh, stay well away!

  39. A absolutely massive cockroach on our latest holiday …. it should have been called “Linford” (Christie) It was like lightning !!! xx ha ha

  40. A dung beetle rolling a huge ball of dung about ten times its own size. It was amazing to see how one creature had so much determination.

  41. I dont know what it is called but on holiday a small fluorescent green bug bit my hubby on the foot. I looked like a small piece of balloon rolled up!

  42. i was helping my mum out with her garden last weekend and we found these tiny little beatles that were so shiny like a golden shimmery colour mvery pretty since they were bugs lol

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