Why do some animals have funny bums?

The rear ends of animals come in many shapes and sizes. None of them are boring. Find out why some animals have funny bums.


Dr Norman is Head of Sciences at Museum Victoria where he leads the large and active natural sciences research team. For his own research he studies octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes and nautiluses (the cephalopods). He is also a trained teacher, an educational display designer and an experienced underwater cinematographer. His research and projects with documentary makers including BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel has covered giant squid, poisonous blue-ringed octopuses, huge aggregations of southern giant cuttlefish and diving surveys of remote Indo-Pacific coral reefs.


Through the humorous (and slightly scandalous – at least for little ones) chapter titles, young children are drawn into this very basic explanation of how animals bodies are shaped in different ways to help them move, protect themselves, and attract the attention of other animals. Chapter headings such as ‘Sticky Bums’, ‘Smelly Bums’ and ‘Exploding Bums’ will have children giggling and wanting to know more…Funny Bums is a great animal reference book to have on hand for pre-school, kindergarten and infants classes…

Kids' Book Review

This book is well written and oddly enjoyable. You’ll be enlightened.

All The Buzz About Books

[an] attractive book which should appeal to a wide age range.

Jo Goodman

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