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A Beastly Menagerie: Sir Pilkington-Smythe's Marvelous Collection of Strange and Unusual Creatures

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A modern-day bestiary of the most incredible animals
the world has ever seen—with 200 full-color illustrations

Our planet is a writhing mass of wondrous life, positively popping at the seams with peculiar creatures. Life has wriggled its way into every conceivable nook and cranny, and nature has belched out organisms into even the most inhospitable environments.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 21st 2010 by Lyons Press (first published October 19th 2010)
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Gordon Grice
Oct 22, 2010 Gordon Grice rated it it was amazing
This volume surveys such creatures as the microscopic water bear, which can withstand 1000 times as much radiation as a human; the male hooded seal, which doubles the size of its head by inflating the lining of its nostril; and the Jesus Christ lizard, which runs on water. My fellow danger fans will be happy to know that it also includes some old friends of ours, like the candiru, which swims up the human urethra and "sticks out a spike so it can't come out, even if you ask it really, really nic ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it
Am LOVING this funny little gem. Sir Pilkington-Smythe is a fantastic pseudonym for an even more fantastic persona. He gives quick descriptions of real animals that really are out of this world. The humor might be a bit crude for younger kids, but for teens and adults, just fine.

Here's a snippet about the cassowary:

"Fact: Incidentally, the cassowary was not the most fearsome bird that ever lived. That title must go to the rather delightful-sounding "terror birds" that took over from the predator
Pia Göös
Kirjan ulkoasu houkuttelee lukemaan - se onkin tämän teoksen ehdoton vahvuus. Itseäni miellytti myös tarkan nippelitiedon määrä. Sen sijaan eritehuumori joka toisella sivulla toistettuna alkaa kyllästyttää, jos yrittää lukea kirjaa yhdeltä istumalta. Myös muutama outo suomenkielen kukkanen pisti miettimään että olisiko teos parempi englanninkielisenä?
Kajsa Blom
Aug 03, 2014 Kajsa Blom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was thinking of giving this to my little brother. It was a Christmas present, though. I know a lot of these creatures beforehand for reading Science Illustrated so it didn't offer me a lot of information.
Jan 13, 2011 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: science-nature, 2011
A factual cheeky compendium of weird and wonderful critters.
Nov 03, 2011 boundbycooksey rated it it was amazing
Fantastic group of beasts into one, saucy book
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Sir Pilkington-Smythe is an erstwhile scholar, self-professed connoisseur, raconteur, and bon vivant who gallivants around the globe in search of the most outlandish anecdotes, and this is his bestiary. Danny Beck helps him out with his bags and with big words. An award-winning writer and filmmaker with a BS in biology, he is also an ardent naturalist.

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