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Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets

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The bestselling author of Brief History of Everyday Objects explores the animals we love, the ones we make use of, and the ones that make use of us in this hilarious, informative mix of storytelling and factbook. Did you know that 32 pigeons have received medals for wartime valor? And a dog named Laika was the very first creature in space? Did you know that there is an isl The bestselling author of Brief History of Everyday Objects explores the animals we love, the ones we make use of, and the ones that make use of us in this hilarious, informative mix of storytelling and factbook. Did you know that 32 pigeons have received medals for wartime valor? And a dog named Laika was the very first creature in space? Did you know that there is an island in Japan entirely overrun by bunnies? And -- for a brief time -- rats adorned with ribbons were a popular lap pet in upper-class London?   In Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets, you can find out more than you ever thought possible about creatures both cute and weird, both large and small, while discovering new stories about human history from the perspective of our animal companions.   Did you know that bees communicate with each other using special dances? Or that a popular anime called Rascal the Racoon may be largely responsible for Japan's huge raccoon population? Packed with incredible facts and charming stories like these, this is the perfect book for curious readers. 


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The bestselling author of Brief History of Everyday Objects explores the animals we love, the ones we make use of, and the ones that make use of us in this hilarious, informative mix of storytelling and factbook. Did you know that 32 pigeons have received medals for wartime valor? And a dog named Laika was the very first creature in space? Did you know that there is an isl The bestselling author of Brief History of Everyday Objects explores the animals we love, the ones we make use of, and the ones that make use of us in this hilarious, informative mix of storytelling and factbook. Did you know that 32 pigeons have received medals for wartime valor? And a dog named Laika was the very first creature in space? Did you know that there is an island in Japan entirely overrun by bunnies? And -- for a brief time -- rats adorned with ribbons were a popular lap pet in upper-class London?   In Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets, you can find out more than you ever thought possible about creatures both cute and weird, both large and small, while discovering new stories about human history from the perspective of our animal companions.   Did you know that bees communicate with each other using special dances? Or that a popular anime called Rascal the Racoon may be largely responsible for Japan's huge raccoon population? Packed with incredible facts and charming stories like these, this is the perfect book for curious readers. 

30 review for Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I'd love to be able to give this book 4.5 stars. Middle grad-Jr, High but suitable for high school and adults as general interest. This book is what the title says. Told in a highly graphic format but containing a great deal of information. The curious reader could use this as a starting point to read more about these animals. I'd love to be able to give this book 4.5 stars. Middle grad-Jr, High but suitable for high school and adults as general interest. This book is what the title says. Told in a highly graphic format but containing a great deal of information. The curious reader could use this as a starting point to read more about these animals.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I loved this cool little book! So many fun facts and the illustrations are so clean and clear. i can't wait to recommend it to some animal loving kiddos! I loved this cool little book! So many fun facts and the illustrations are so clean and clear. i can't wait to recommend it to some animal loving kiddos!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    This well-illustrated, non-fiction graphic novel is sure to be a hit with readers from grades 3 and though junior high. Warner even uses uniquely illustrated table of contents and section headings to guide readers through 3 categories of animals whose lives are closely entwined with humans: Creatures We Find Cute, Creatures We Find Useful and Creatures That Find US Useful. Throughout the facts and tidbits about the animals, human history and behavior are clearly affected by the relationship betw This well-illustrated, non-fiction graphic novel is sure to be a hit with readers from grades 3 and though junior high. Warner even uses uniquely illustrated table of contents and section headings to guide readers through 3 categories of animals whose lives are closely entwined with humans: Creatures We Find Cute, Creatures We Find Useful and Creatures That Find US Useful. Throughout the facts and tidbits about the animals, human history and behavior are clearly affected by the relationship between animals, people and the environment but not in a heavy-handed way that indicates any other “agenda” other than providing interesting information to the reading audience. Highly recommended for libraries with a readership in the non-fiction graphic novel section. Thanks for the print ARC, Little & Brown for Young Readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    I think I learned some things! There are fun facts and trivia, ones that I shared immediately with my boyfriend while reading, so that's probably a good sign of an engaging book. There were some things that I wanted more details on since everything here just just skimming, but, that's just the style of the book and if I really want to know more I can investigate on my own. I think I learned some things! There are fun facts and trivia, ones that I shared immediately with my boyfriend while reading, so that's probably a good sign of an engaging book. There were some things that I wanted more details on since everything here just just skimming, but, that's just the style of the book and if I really want to know more I can investigate on my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Super interesting and very informative. The book is divided into animals we use as companions (cats and dogs), animals we use for work or food (horses and chickens), and pests (pigeons and cockroaches). Each animal gets a few pages tracing its history of human interactions, and then a few pages of fun facts. The writing is fun and light and still delivers a ton of facts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kizer

    Picked this up while waiting in line at the library. Was not the book I was in there to get but it was the one I read and finished first. combines 2 of my favorites history and comics. A definite win!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    GREAT graphic novel about our relationships with various animals such as dogs, cats, rats, bees, farm animals, roaches, etc. Each animals has a separate, small & very informative chapter with jokes & puns within the graphics. Historical info as well. Suitable for all ages!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keli

    A humorous and fascinating history book

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    Timothy

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    Nonni

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    Jennifer Miera

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    Sarah

  13. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Kling

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris Cram

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    AlamoLiz

  20. 4 out of 5

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    Megan Sudnik

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  28. 5 out of 5

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