A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Sami Bayly (Author)
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The weirdest (but no less wonderful) creatures in the animal kingdom finally get their turn in the limelight!

Discover the world's wackiest species in A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures, which gives some of the animal kingdom's more overlooked animals a turn in the limelight for a change. Breathtaking scientific illustrations flaunt their unconventional beauty, while fascinating facts about their conservation status, diet, strange quirks, and habitat completes each vivid portrait.
  • The Bornean orangutan, whose immense cheek pads give it a dinner-plate-like face, is the largest tree-dwelling mammal!
  • The red-lipped batfish, alas, is a terrible swimmer, with leg-shaped fins better suited to walking along the seafloor.
  • The mysterious goblin shark, rarely seen by humans, has a long snout and a terrifying flexible jaw to snatch its prey.
These are just a few of this stunning encyclopedia's sixty curious creatures living among us who might not be as cute as a kitten but are no less deserving of our love.

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Publish Date
October 27, 2020

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About the Author

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.


An Indie Book Awards Best Children's Book of the Year

"This informative book with spectacular illustrations of ugly animals will inform, entertain, and promote discussion about what is ugly and what is not."--4.5 stars, Sunday Telegraph

"Enough of the cute and cuddly, time to rethink the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness and to celebrate the weird and wonderful. Bayly researched and painted 60 of the world's most aesthetically challenged animals for her encyclopedia."--Sydney Morning Herald