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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
While these characters are meant to be absurd, this can easily encourage kids to think creatively.
Kids learn the Flanimal world is more diverse than they can imagine. This book is sometimes cruel, but also quite funny (and full of imagination and word play).
Violence & Scariness
Flanimal on flanimal violence, so it's meant to be absurd; very dominant flanimals such as the Adult Mernimbler are described as eating fellow species, others attack, step on, and kick other creatures for fun or because it's described as one of the strange creature's traits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this offbeat and rather silly guide to a made-up world of animals is the basis for a 3-D movie out in 2011, which will draw more kids to the whole series. This book usually sticks to the cute and cuddly, but one flanimal is described as eating others and some kick and step on other flanimals just for fun.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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.