Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Book Review - The Flanimals
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.
What does Ricky Gervais say about Flanimals Pop-Up?
“Even though they’ve sold millions, won awards, and are currently being made into a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ve always thought that Flanimals lacked a certain poppy-upness. That is not a problem anymore.”
About the Author & Illustrator
You may know Ricky Gervais as the creator and star of The Office. He is a best-selling, award-winning author of the Flanimals series. He has appeared in many films, has been nominated for an Emmy, and won numerous media awards. He Currently resides in London.
Rob Steen has illustrated all the Flanimal books. He is a comic artist and his illustrations appear in Afterlife an Elephantmen.
My Take on the Book
When sharing this book with my kids I have to say that outside of the storyline itself which definitely was fantasy fun, the pop ups are what make this book so special. I can remember loving the pop up books that I had as a child and the ones in this book simply do not compare (they blow them out of the water.). Both of my girls ages 5.75 and 2.5 loved the pop ups in the book. My eldest did enjoy listening to the story and kept asking me "Are they real?".
The author does a great job at building an amazing world for the reader and he could easily continue this work into the future!
If you’d like to add this to your bookshelf you can purchase it only Amazon!