Odd Bods

The World's Unusual Animals

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Long snouts, bright-red lips, pointy heads . . . the animal kingdom is full of critters with unique features. Learn about the incredible adaptations that help these creatures—and their odd bods—survive and thrive all around the globe!

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003000, JNF051030, JNF051150
Dewey 591
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 900
Guided Reading Level M
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Maps, and Reviewed

Author: Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is an Australian-based author who strives to promote the value of animals and the environment to children. Before she began her career as an author, she received her Masters degree in Zoology and worked as a zookeeper.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2022
  • Cybils Nominee, Nominated, 2021



“High-interest content and visuals will appeal to reluctant readers and animal lovers alike.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“[P]rovides plenty of information about animal adaptations and how these adaptations help the animals survive.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his album introduces strikingly unusual-looking members of the animal kingdom from around the world.”—Kirkus Reviews