Friday, May 29, 2009

The Wackiest Wildest Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna

As a member of the Thomas Nelson Review Blogger program , I had the pleasure of reviewing Jack Hanna’s nonfiction children’s book: The Wackiest Wildest Weirdest Animals in the World. The full color photos, the graphics, and the side bars of information not only make this book educational but fun for kids as well! Jack Hanna has included thirty different animals ranging from the more well known such as the brown bear and lion to the more exotic such as the echidna and the binturong. Each animal included in this book has a full page dedicated to full color photos, “Wacky Facts” about what they eat, where they live and how big they get, as well as a side bar of information on “what makes them wacky”. Jack Hanna’s first hand adventures with real live animals as “Jungle Jack” are also included in this book as well! In the end is a two page glossary. This book included a DVD of animal bloopers from Jungle Jack’s animal interactions as well.
While this is not considered to be a religious book, it is commendable that Jack Hanna credits God for the creation of the animal kingdom when he states that “God designed penguins with some pretty heroic instincts”, on page 4 with the discussion of the Emperor Penguin. Additionally he states that “God created the puffer fish with the unique ability to inflate itself like a balloon when threatened” on page 11. Furthermore, Jack Hanna sees the Giant Anteater as evidence of God’s sense of humor. My eight year old daughter who enjoys animals- especially unusual animals- said this was a “good book”. I would recommend this book for any child who loves animals!

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