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Children's Nonfiction Zoology

Odd Couples

A Guide to Unlikely Animal Pairs

by (author) Maria Birmingham

illustrated by Raz Latif

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Zoology, Marine Life, General, Mammals
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
3 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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A fun and engaging guessing game that demonstrates how even the most unusual animal pairs can be two of a kind

Hummingbirds and giraffes, sharks and snails, meerkats and bees … at first glance, these pairings may seem as different as can be. But guess what? Hummingbirds and giraffes are both hummers, sharks and snails both have thousands of sharp teeth, and meerkats and bees are both huggers.

Featuring eight unexpected animal pairings, this informative and entertaining book gives readers an implicit lesson in empathy, highlighting that we are all more alike than we think.

Written in an interactive question-and-answer format perfect for reading out loud, Odd Couples is full of nonfiction fun with lots of visual humor and appeal.

About the authors

MARIA BIRMINGHAM is a longstanding contributor to OWL and Chickadee magazines, and the award-winning author of several books for young people, including Acting Wild, Biometrics, and A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars. Maria lives in Brampton, Ontario.


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RAZ LATIF has contributed to numerous publications including Chickadee, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Scientific American. Odd Couples is his debut as a children’s book illustrator, but it definitely won’t be his last. Raz lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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