The faces of some animals may look funny to us but their eyes, ears, noses and mouths are exactly what those animals need to survive. Find out “Why the funny face?”


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.


Funny Faces goes well beyond the standard animals that most children learn about, and teaches them about some of the strangest creatures (like dragonfish) out there. The information is interesting and fun, and simple enough for younger children to grasp. If your child has a thirst for learning about new animals, then Funny Faces is one to consider!

NZ Booklovers

Dr Mark Norman’s non-fiction books are always just right for young children; they’re short and feature easy-to-read text with a sense of humour

Good Reading

Featuring some incredible close-up photography of different animal’s faces, Funny Faces is a wonderful way to teach children about different animals

NZ Booklovers

He photography is stunning, the close-ups of the animals shown are breathtaking in their clarity.

Read Plus

This would be a great book to share with pre-school and early primary school aged children.

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