Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks


A Darwin’s frog is included in a selection of creatures with Perplexing Necks. In order to protect his tadpole from predators, the male frog stores the tadpole eggs in a ‘special part of his neck‘ where they hatch. However a sword-billed hummingbird is included within animals with Freaky Beaks. This bird’s ‘impossible -looking beak is longer than her body’. It means she ‘can reach – nectar at the end of very long, toe-shaped flowers that other birds cannot get to‘. Then again, manatees have Funny Bums, because they can ‘move around underwater through farting’. The gas they store from ‘munching on seaweed and greens‘ enables them to float. However within the Terrific Teeth selection is the male babirusa which has tusks that are actually very long teeth. What’s more the two pairs are used for either defence, or, in the case of the lower ones, to attack, like daggers!

The creatures included and described in Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks and other incredible creature features, is wide and varied. What’s more, the information is absolutely fascinating! It had this reader sharing constant information, incredulous at the variety and wonder of the animal kingdom.

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Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks and other incredible creature features

Alex Morss & Sean Taylor, illustrated by Sarah Edmonds


Why would a luna moth want fancy looking tail wings?‘ Then again, what else does a scorpion’s posterior contain other than its sting? While we know that a blue bird of paradise has ‘an exotic bottom‘ it seems its an impediment. ‘It slows ‘[them] down and makes [them] easy for predators to spot‘.
We open Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks with a selection of creatures with ‘strange tails‘. Thereafter we read of animals with ‘puzzling toes’. These include the ‘hairy frog’ who can ‘pop her toe bones right out through her skin’ when she senses danger. Then again, mole crickets have ‘three pairs of legs with different shaped toes‘.
Meanwhile the selection of animals with ‘weird ears’ includes a caracal. It seems this African cat’s distinctive ears enable it to hear ‘more sound frequenceis than most other animals’. A Texas horned lizard, however, is included amongst the selection of creatures with ‘extraordinary eyes’. Predators should beware, for this animal’s defence is to shoot ‘foul-tasting blood out of its eyes and toward its attacker’s mouth’! 
Alex Morss and Sean Taylor created two of Bookwagon’s favourite non-fiction nature books in Winter Sleep and Busy Spring. We are delighted that the pair have collaborated to create Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks, an absorbing , fascinating and beautifully presented non-fiction animals’ book.


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