Sunday, August 15, 2010

Flanimals Pop-Up

Flanimals Pop-Up
- information taken from the website
author: Ricky Gervais
illustrator: Rob Steen
They're grotesque. They're absurd. They're so ugly they're cute - and they could only be spawned by the mind of award-winning comedian Ricky Gervais. From a planet far away, these bizarre and whimsical beasts - from the ferocious airborne Bletchling to the badly behaved Grundit to the fatally timid Splunge - spring to life in the droll and off-the-cuff prose of a writer who some may liken to a latter-day Edward Lear. Then again, some may find these grossly amusing creatures simply-gross. And whose fault is that? Just remember: don’t pull a tab just because you’ve been told to!
From the unique mind of comic master Ricky Gervais comes... 3-D Flanimals! The ghastly stars of a wildly popular book series are about to pop up everywhere.

age range:
5 yrs and up
grade range:
Kindergarten and up
author’s comments:
Ricky Gervais, author of the best-selling, award-winning Flanimals series, is well known as the creator and star of The Office and Extras. He has acted in numerous Hollywood films, has been nominated for an Emmy, and has earned many top media awards. He lives in London.
illustrator’s comments:
Rob Steen is a comics artist whose illustrations appear in Afterlife and Elephantmen. He has also illustrated all the Flanimals books. He lives in New York.


Flanimals is a super-fun fabulous book. The pop-up "Flanimals" are so well done that I was truly impressed. All three of my kids LOVE this book... however Olivia is a little young for it and promptly wrecked one of the pop-ups.

Both of my sons (ages 6 & 8) found the descriptions hilarious. The whole book is really so creative. I love it. Several of the descriptions even made me laugh out loud.

I asked my kids what they thought of it and here is their responses:

Aiden (age 8): I love the monsters *insert imaginary monster sounds and much laughter here*

Owen (age 6): those guys are so funny and I like how I can move them *insert long explanation of how each one moves here*

Olivia (age 3): that book is MINE *insert younger sister grabbing book from older brothers and the ensuing fight here*

Anyway, Flanimals is a huge hit in our house and is already very well loved.

Thanks so much to Candlewick Press for sending me a review copy of this book.

1 comment:

fredamans said...

I just heard about this book recently, mainly because of some troubles he is having and now being sued over this book, something in the rag mag I read... anyways, doesn't deter me from wanting to check it out. I can just imagine how funny it is, being Ricky Gervais. Great review!

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