Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to


By Teen Librarian, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Whimsical, browser-friendly guide to fake creatures.

Book Ricky Gervais Humor 2005
Flanimals Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (1 ):

British comedian Ricky Gervais -- best known as creator of The Office -- shows another side to his ultra-quirky persona with this bit of silliness: his 8-year-old boy side. These beasts are like a cross between Muppets and the Ugly dolls; kids and parents who are fans of either will find the flanimal descriptions laugh-out-loud funny,and the illustrations suit their behaviors and personalities perfectly.

Without a real story to support the characters (although that's supposed to be coming in a 2011 3-D movie), this book works best as a diversion on long trips or the occasional break from tough math problems.

Wonderfully colorful and whimsical art that definitely adds to the excitement and appeal of the book. Readers will be studying the illustrations long before they get into the creature descriptions.

Book Details

  • Author: Ricky Gervais
  • Illustrator: Rob Steen
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Publication date: February 17, 2005
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 9
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate