An artfully playful collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about animals, each illustrated in whimsical detail by Swedish artist Maja Safstrom. Did you know that giraffes can lick their ears? Or that ostriches can't walk backwards? These and many more charming quirks about the animal kingdom (ants never sleep! starfish don't have brains!) are detailed in this visually sophisticated and appealing gift book. Illustrator Maja Safstrom's entrancing illustrations bring these captivating facts to life--making The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts a must-have for animal and art lovers both young and old.