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Odd Science – Incredible Creatures

James Olstein

Pavilion Children’s


ISBN: 9781843654025

Price: £9.99

Publication date: 7 February 2019

Category: Non-Fiction

Scientists found that male cockatoos in Australia make their own drumsticks and their own music. Each bird plays it’s own different rhythm at its own different speed to attract a mate.

Scientists in Tokyo have trained pigeons to distinguish between art style. They can tell the difference between works by Picasso and Monet.

Odd Science: Incredible Creatures is filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. Read about the dinosaur that used camouflage, wonder at the penguins that ‘propose’ to each other with rocks and tell your friends that the dodo was actually quite smart!

There are facts about sharks that listen to Death Metal, facts about a hummingbird’s diet and facts about strange creatures like ‘ghost’ octopuses.

James Olstein beautifully illustrates these odd facts in a retro-inspired, quirky style. His designs aren’t meant to be taken literally, but you’ll laugh-out-load when you see a spider relaxing on a pool float and dinosaurs playing with a ball!

Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn.

Being a geek has never been so cool.


James Olstein is an illustrator living in Philadelphia. He has illustrated for the BBC, Bob’s Burgers, Monocle Magazine, Mental Floss, Scientific America, Sierra Magazine, economia, the Boston Globe and the National Constitution Centre. He has displayed his work at Spoke Gallery NYC, Galleries 1988 and Philadelphia Independents.

He runs a successful blog called Illustrated Science, that has been featured in The Verge and Geekadelphia.