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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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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: 9 x 1.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 ½" by 10 ½ " 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hanson on January 2, 2012
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This book is awesome! I gave it to my nephew for Christmas and he thought it was great. He had so much fun turning the pages and the pop-ups even amazed the adults. As with any pop-up book, it's pretty frail, so I wouldn't give it to any child under the age of 6 or 7.
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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 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Desrosiers on April 5, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for my husband. Not for little children, because I'm not an idiot and I know who Ricky Gervais is, eg; people who gave Flanimals a bad review. Anyways my husband loved it, it's probably the best gift I've ever given him. Not to brag or anything but I'm a pretty good gift giver. I love it to, we have shown all of our friends this book and they love it! So they should probably be expecting it for their birthdays :)! If there are any spelling errors, I typed this on my phone so give me a break! All in all, if you are intelligent, you will like this book. The following people might find it offensive:

1. People that think dinosaurs never existed
2. People that don't follow/know Ricky Gervais

That is all.

InevitablySarah
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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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Flanimals is not for younger audiences. It is a children's book for sure but careful with younger children who are afraid of monsters or you think may be at the age that this may be the case. The "animals" in this book can be scary at first glance but become more fun and interesting and the children re-read the book.

The pages have these flanimals that jump out at you when you turn each page. The book is well constructed and should last as long as the pop-up books did that we grew up with maybe longer. There are plenty of weird creatures and things to do in the book that it keeps children coming back to it.

Flanimals is full of color and personality, just like the author Ricky Gervais. I would recommend this book to maybe 5th and 6th graders but middle schoolers will also enjoy it. It is up to the parent though. Some kids have bigger imaginations than others and this book will help that grow.
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