The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna

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The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World, by Jack Hanna, is a children’s book aimed at ages 9-12.  Hanna, an animal expert and TV show host, shares the knowledge that he has gained over the years about some of the world’s wacky animals and what makes them weird.  Some of them, like baboons, penguins, and brown bears, will be familiar to all young readers.  Others, like the blue-footed booby (it’s a bird), the bongo, and the naked mole rat, will be a trip into the unknown.

This book, through its colorful photography and easy-to-follow format, will leave young readers with a lot of fun facts about animals.  There are inserts in the large animal pictures that tell interesting facts about each animal.   Readers can glean more information from the section entitled “What Makes Them Wacky,” and quick facts, like what the animals eat, where they live and how big they get, are available as well.

I found the format of the book to be child-friendly, and I can see this book becoming a favorite because of its photography.  It comes with a DVD of behind-the-scenes bloopers that I don’t see kids liking at all because it’s more about Hanna himself than the animals, but the book itself would be a fine addition to any home or school library.

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