Review: Crap Taxidermy

Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su


A relaxed toad enjoying a smoke and a brew. A cat with eerily flexible front legs. A smiling lion with receding gums. Whether you choose to laugh or cringe at these spectacularly bad attempts at taxidermy, you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the curiosities inside. This volume brings together the very best of the worst (along with a DIY “Stuff Your Own Mouse” lesson by an Insect Preparator from the American Museum of Natural History), showcasing the most perverse yet imaginative anatomical reconstructions of the animal kingdom you’ll ever see.

Crap Taxidermy
Kat Su
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication: September 2014
Genre: Humor, Coffee Table Book, Animals, Photography
I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review
Locate: amazon | b&n | worldcat
Rated: ★★★★

Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su

This was such a fun, little, photo book! Full of images of taxidermy gone wrong, you can’t help but laugh at most of them, and shake her head at a few. The very first image you see is of an overly excited fox that looks like he recently stepped out of a tumblr meme, followed by an equally cheerful lioness who looks happy to show you her vast martial arts movie collection. What’s really great is that it doesn’t focus solely on the tragic looking mounts that must have been created by either the blind or inexperienced, but also sneaks a glance into the world of weird and taxidermy art, which is something I truly love. We get cute looking mice playing poker and a mousy Clark Kent, which did creep me out a bit if only because showing the Superman S shirt would require a Clark Kent mouse to rip his flesh off.

That aside, it’s all truly so amusing and such a great conversation starter, this book would make a fantastic addition to any coffee table, or as a cheap stocking stuffer for that lover of anthropomorphic memes you casually acquaint with in life.

About Lulu

Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and her pom son Frodo Barkins with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.