5. Unusual Creatures
by Michael Hearst
Art is an outsider's medium, and from the sidelines science artists have the freedom to poke fun at life on earth. Some of the creatures we share this planet with are pretty darn freaky (ourselves are top of the list), and this book introduces them with whimsical, irresistible drawings by a team of illustrators. A quirky toast to the fascinating, impressively well-adapted freaks among us.