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Lions, and tigers, and bears Oh my! For hundreds of years, the most popular books in the Western world next to the Bible were "bestiaries," fanciful encyclopedias collecting all of human knowledge and mythology about the animal kingdom. In these pages, eagles and elephants lived next to griffins and sea monsters.


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Now, in The Big, Bad Book of Beasts, award-winning author Michael Largo has updated the medieval bestsellers for the twenty-first century, illuminating little-known facts, astonishing secrets, and bizarre superstitions about the beasts that inhabit our world-and haunt our imaginations. You'll learn about the biggest bug ever, the smallest animal in the world, and the real creatures that inspired the fabled unicorns.

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You'll discover how birds learned to fly, why cats rub against your legs, and a thousand other facts that will make you look at nature in a wonderfully new way. Did you know?

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Barnum fooled many when he displayed a "mermaid" carcass that was later proved to be monkey bones sewed together with the body of a fish. Discovered in a remote volcanic crater in New Guinea, the Bosavi wolly rat grows to the size of a cat.

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President Andrew Jackson bought an African gray parrot to keep his wife company. The bird outlived them both and was removed from Jackson's funeral for cussing in both English and Spanish.

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A to Z: From Aardvark to Zooplankton! For all ages! Includes illustrations!

He lives in the United States. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. David Attenborough meets Lemony Snicket in this a one-of-a-kind treasury of the most strange and fascinating knowledge and lore about animals.

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Eagles and lions lived in these pages next to imaginary beasts like griffins and sea monsters. For hundreds of years bestiaries rivaled only the bible as the most read books in the western world. Taking these original bestiaries as his inspiration, Michael Largo returns readers to that captivating wonder of animals we all had as children and looks at the beasts we created with our imaginations, as well as ones long gone.

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