The world’s most wonderful pointless animals.

We are lucky enough to share our planet with some truly weird, wild and wonderful creatures.

Every animal on our planet – from aardvarks to zooplankton – has perfectly adapted over generations, to survive and ultimately thrive in its own unique environment. Each one is a perfect illustration of Darwinian evolution, and each creature has their own unique ecological role to play on our precious planet.

But then, there are a few that just seem to be pretty, well, pointless…

Did you know sloths can’t fart, and only poop once a week? Or that parrotfish eat coral? Why?! Capuchin monkeys habitually pee on their own hands! Gross. Did you know that jellyfish have no heart, brain, bones, and should not be eaten with custard? Or that giraffes only sleep for half an hour each night (that’s how long it takes them to get their head down). Oh, and groundhogs make for terrible meteorologists.

The World’s Most Pointless Animals is a fact-filled – yet fairly flippin’ flippant – compendium of some of Mother Nature’s most questionable creations. It’s a book created in celebration of diversity, difference, weirdness and fun.

The World’s Most Pointless Animals is published in the UK, USA and Canada by Quarto (June 2021), in Australia by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, in Catalan by Combel Editorial, in complex Chinese by Mac Educational Co, in simplified Chinese by Ginkgo Book Co, in Croatian by Begen DOO, in Czech by Albatros Media, in Dutch by Baeckens Books, in French by Editions Milan, in Italian by Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, in Japanese by Kouseisha Kouseikaku, in Korean by Bookmentor, in Spanish by Combel Editorial, and in Swedish by Lind & Co.

The World’s Most Pointless Animals was longlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Indie Book Awards 2022 and selected by BookTrust in the UK for their Letterbox Library Club Programme.

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