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Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. His solo works include Songs for Ice Cream Trucks and Songs for Unusual Creatures. Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright together make up the multi-disciplinary design company Elasticbrand, based in Amsterdam. Jelmer Noordeman, Arjen's brother, is an illustrator living and working in the Netherlands.
"Not cute curios, but the seriously weird, which... make the animals that much more appealing." - Kirkus Reviews "A really spectacularly inventive, weird, and beautiful book for kids of all ages. Get one for the kid nearest at hand, which might be yourself." - Rick Moody, author of Garden State and The Ice Storm "Author Michael Hearst keeps the tone exciting and entertaining, often times breaking into a goofy poem, or throwing in a quirky true or false quiz." - Apartment Therapy "Hugely entertaining and just as informative" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Hearst's enthusiasm for his subject... comes through on every page. A terrific conversation starter." - Scientific American "This invitingly designed volume featuring 50 eclectic creatures will inspire young readers with enthusiasm for the natural world." - Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review "Hearst's appreciation for the quirkiness of nature shines through, and is reinforced in a concluding note admonishing readers to be kind to the earth" - The Horn Book Magazine " A cool compendium of fascinating animals" - Boston Globe/ Best Children's Books of the Year "We are enthralled by the information and sheer artistry in bookmaking of this compendium of odd living things from around the globe" - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word, Best Books to Give To Kids You Don't Know Very Well "This handsome volume is a fun-for-all informative compendium." - School Library Journal "May well inspire a new generation of budding scientists" - Shelf Awareness for Readers/Best Books of The Year "A quirky toast to the fascinating, impressively well-adapted freaks among us." - Discover Magazine