Honey Badger Don’t Care: Randall’s Guide to Crazy Nastyass Animals by Randall – Book Review

If you haven’t already, meet the Honey Badger, voiced by Randall. Dubbed the “Crazy Nastyass”, this fearless creature fights all kinds of wild life in order to eat and take whatever it wants, and basically takes no shit off anyone and doesn’t give a shit about anything. In this book, he basically gives us the lowdown on  other ugly, crazy, nastyass creatures that are found in the wild, some of which are endangered animals.

Pop culture idiot that I am, I first heard of the honey badger, and resultant phenomenon of Randall, when I was sitting in a bar with a friend, looking over the cocktail menu. There was one called a honey badger, no doubt full of crazy, nastyass ingredients, which I can no longer recall. She found it very amusing. I had no idea why this was so funny. She was shocked I hadn’t heard, “Honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t give a shit.” Noted. I probably would not have picked up a copy of this book without having had that conversation.

Randall takes an irreverent approach (understatement of the year) in describing the beasts mentioned in his book. His view is that the average person really doesn’t want to be bored with scientific classifications and boring details of animal existence. We want the nitty-gritty. What they look like, what disgusting things they eat, how they mate and how they fight. Quite a few of the animals featured are badasses of the animal kingdom. The Tasmanian Devil is nicknamed “Friend of Satan”, and a picture of it is captioned, “We’ll come out and play, but then we’ll have to bite your face. OK?” Yikes.

I didn’t read it all in one sitting. I found it was better, and much funnier, to approach each animal anew. If you missed all the details on the Honey Badger,  not to worry, he’s the first animal profiled in the book, and then such creatures as the the Opossum, the Aye Aye, the Pink Fairy Armadillo,  the Tasmanian Devil, the Emperor Tamarin, the Tarsier, the Solenodon, the Wombat, the American Bullfrog, and more.  The language is vulgar (much more so than what’s in this review). The mating habits of the animals along with their anatomy, are provocatively discussed using slang and off-color humor, and the pictures are plentiful and hilariously captured. It makes a great gift for the animal lover in your life…ahem…as long as they are of a certain age. Recommended.

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  1. This is a very well written post. I’ll definitely try reading this book.

    Thanks for the wonderful review.


  2. Ok, I have never heard the honey badger thing either, but you make this book sound fascinating! I need to know why the Tasmanian Devils will bite my face off, and more about these ferocious animals. I am not one who is scared off by coarse language, and I think this book sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the great review on it today. I am off to see if I can find it!

  3. OMG! LMAO! So much so that the class I’m subbing for looked at me like I’m crazy. I’ve heard the honey badger references but I had no idea what was going on. Added to my TBR wishlist fo’ sho’.

  4. A riotous wildlife book for adults! I haven’t read it but it sounds great. Honey Badgers seem to be all the rage these days.

  5. I missed the whole Honey Badger thing which is odd cause I love this stuff. (I adored F*** You Penguin). I’m going to have to check this book out.

  6. This is really interesting. I was not aware of the honey badger thing. I need to read this book because my interest was drawn by these ideas.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Anya Ty

  7. I love Randall’s Honey Badger! I played it for my Vietnam and Iraq veterans in group psychotherapy for Combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example of perserverance in the face of adversity. They looked at me like I’m crazy.