A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Author: Bayly, Sami
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A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Make way for the world’s weirdest, most wonderful creatures!

What’s your favorite animal—a majestic lion, a graceful horse? Those are great choices, but have you considered the fangtooth moray eel? It has two rows of icicle-shaped teeth! And the monkey slug caterpillar is ready to cuddle . . . just look out for the stingers all over its body (and its six limbs that technically aren’t legs)!

It’s true, these animals are a little different—but their unusual features often give them incredible superpowers. Take the nearly blind star-nosed mole: Its pink, flower‑shaped nose can detect the microscopic texture of everything it touches, and it does this at warp speed—up to 12 objects per second!

What’s more, many of these weird, wonderful creatures need our help: They’re endangered, and we can’t afford to ignore their well-being any longer. It’s time to find a peculiar creature to love! Why not the blobfish?

  • Hardcover, 128 pages
  • 7" x 9"


Sami Bayly recently completed her degree in natural history illustration at the University of Newcastle. She’s drawn to the weird and wonderful—finding the beauty and importance in all living things, regardless of their appearance—and is eager to share her appreciation with others. A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures is her first book. She lives in Newcastle, Australia.

Publisher’s Note: A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures was previously published in Australia as The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals.

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