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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Nov Pop edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763647810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647810
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.9 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Adding another dimension—the third, to be exact—to many of the garish, glutinous creatures portrayed in British comedian Gervais's three previous galleries doesn't improve their looks any, but definitely adds to their gonzo appeal. From the glaring purple Mernimbler to the bizarrely portmanteau Squeeg ("thought to be the missing link between prehistoric Strankulators and the first Dunklings"), more than two dozen bulbous-eyed monsters rear up, slide past, or, in the case of the "jub-wobbling" Splunge (scientific name: Jello Snurbloid), explode in a mix of large central pop-ups and smaller figures in folded corner booklets. One particularly notable spread titled "Flanimal Evolution" sideswipes a certain famous Michelangelo painting. The paper engineering is more varied and inventive than Gervais's free-association commentary, but the stream of nonsense words have a giggle-inducing cumulative effect. Not only should this be popular on its own, but a "Flanimals" film due out in 2011 will also likely crank up demand.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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"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."
— Ricky Gervais — Quote

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Ricky Gervais has won numerous awards for his broadcast work, including six BAFTAs and two Golden Globes for writing, directing and starring in his TV comedy 'The Office'. His recent stand-up tours were sell-outs and received widespread critical acclaim.

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It makes me want to buy other pop-up books!
E. Pun
Ricky Gervais is so clever and Flanimals are amazing and as fun for adults as they are for kids.
Mandy Payne
I gave it to my nephew for Christmas and he thought it was great.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are some things that simply have to be seen to be believed and FLANIMALS POP-UP by Ricky Gervais is surely one of them. For the few who may not recognize the author's name Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, film maker, and actor who came into our sights with his hit TV series The Office. If you watched the recently televised Golden Globes ceremony you were once again reminded of his quirky sense of humor. This penchant for the laugh provoking offbeat is brought to the fore in FLANIMALS

As he notes in a description of his creation, "Flanimals range from Sprengled Humpdumblers to Oyngless Larbs, from Spuzz Gups to Helm Grindlers. They are all useless and pointless."

Pointless? Not quite, because the paper engineering is really quite amazing as these ugly creatures spring forward, say to devour a Clinge. In addition the commentary by Gervais is hysterical.

Replete with pull tabs the 8 ˝" by 10 ˝ " FLANIMALS also boasts squares (approximately 5 by 5") at the bottom corner of each page which when opened reveal a smaller but equally frightening creature. The closing page features "Recent Discoveries" or as Gervais puts it some he discovered last Thursday.

While suggested for ages 5 and up, my guess it will be most appreciated by those in the "up" category. FLANIMALS is an extremely sturdy pop-up book so special appreciation is extended to paper engineer Richard Ferguson.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2010
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My son loves these books. Ricky Gervais is so clever and Flanimals are amazing and as fun for adults as they are for kids. The pop ups in this book are very intricate and impressive...WAAAAY better than the pop up books I had as a kid. Very little kids MIGHT find some of the pop up monsters scary. But I doubt it. My son is twelve now so I don't know. I bought the pop up book for him anyway because we both love Flanimals so much that he still thought it was very cool. In fact, too cool to outgrow all of the way -- kind of like I have never completely outgrown Where the Wild Things Are from was when I was a kid.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Krist K. Hager on January 9, 2010
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I gave this to a friends two (and-a-half) year old and I hear he's been looking at it everyday now for weeks. He's learned all the wacky names of all the Flanimals and we're doing our best to derive their latin names for him. (Maybe Ricky could give us those in his next Flanimals book) Rowan is also learning all their odd behaviors and even interacts with the pop-ups. An interesting thing is that the kid is very gentle when he handles the Flanimals, there are different textures on the wings and teeth that he will feel very carefully. The only negative thing I'd have to say is that you can't get it for a kendal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary diebels on October 19, 2013
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I consider myself a great gift giver so I gave it to me. I was so over joyed that I sent me a Thank You card. Not just something dashed off on a post it note. This book is a wonderful adventure,not unlike riding an elephant while dressed like Batman. If you fancy yourself as having a sense of humor and lovevawesome (you know you do) get this book for people you like ,they will love it and you will be the new cool guy at their next party.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mia on July 21, 2013
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I have already recommended this to all my friends - moms, teachers, artists. The work of the pop-ups amazes me every time! It is something you have to see in person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red malt maker on December 27, 2012
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Bought this for a young family member. It is very detailed pop up book I have seen in a long time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David's Darling on December 16, 2012
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These books are just great; this one is so intricate and well thought out and just plain fun. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Pun on October 5, 2011
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I bought this book when it was on a great sale ($3) on Amazon, and now that I have received it, I am glad I got it. This book has 6 big pop-up scenes and the bottom corners generally have windows you can open which shows more flanimal types. The writing in it is kind of quirky and uses a lot of made up words to describe made up creatures. This is a book purely to marvel at the creatures and enjoy: there is nothing to really be learned here.

However, Ricky Gervais creates satire of the human race quite subtly in this book. There is a creature that looks humanoid and believes in a creator known as "Grob". This is obviously a reference to God. He uses the adjective "mental" to describe the particular notion.

Of course, kids probably won't see the connection and most adults would laugh to themselves about it because it is all in good fun.
I think this book has some fantastic paper scenes and is definitely worth the $3-8 you spend on it. It makes me want to buy other pop-up books!

(Retail for the book is $20)

Pick it up!!
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