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What Animals Really Like Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081098976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989764
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fiona Robinson is the author-illustrator of The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-full Tale and The 3-2-3 Detective Agency. She has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her “humor tinged with heart,” and her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.


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Fiona Robinson is an author and illustrator of books for children. Originally from the north of England she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her "humor tinged with heart," and her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her favorite things include drawing, reading, drinking tea and telling her stories to children. She doesn't like loud noises or clapping and often reads newspapers and magazines back to front. When she was in elementary school her teachers called her Little Leonardo, and she's forever thankful for their support and that of her fabulous family in England too.

My website:
www.fionarobinsonbooks.com

My Blog:
fionarobinson.blogspot.com

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True to the recommendations, this book is great for children on the autism spectrum.
Barbara D'Amico
If you look at it, you'll realize that the animal performers are actually prepping for the show that's about to occur.
E. R. Bird
Like all really good picture books, this book can be about more than the real preferences of kangaroos and cows.
Debnance at Readerbuzz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm sitting in a room with a group of other children's librarians. Together, we are attempting to determine what the best children's books of a given year are. It's late in the publishing season and we haven't a lot of time left when one of us walks in with Fiona Robinson's "What Animals Really Like". None of us are familiar with Ms. Robinson's work (though we've heard nice things about "The 3-2-3 Detective Agency") so our expectations are pretty low. The librarian who has the book, though, informs us in no uncertain terms that this is one of the best of the year. She then proceeds to read it aloud. Ladies and gentlemen, there are few finer pleasures that being read a picture book that works. I don't care if you're 5 or 55 or 555. Everyone likes storytime and many people like learning about great new picture books through readalouds. By the time the librarian was done it was unanimous. We were in love with "What Animals Really Like" and ready to join Fiona Robinson's fan club, should someone ever feel the urge to start one. And trust me, after this book gains a bit of a following, folks are going to be lining up around the block to start organizations in honor of its author/illustrator. You want a surefire storytime gem? Baby, I got your back.

Maestro Herbert Timberteeth has written a brand new song going by the name of "What Animals Really Like". For this one time performance he has assembled a chorus of some twelve different groups of animals. At the start, all goes according to plan. The lions reluctantly sing, "We are lions, and we like to prowl." Next a tepid, "We are wolves, and we like to howl." "We are pigeons, and we like to coo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rocky road on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the more clever, witty, intelligent books for kids I've seen in a long time. Our 4 1/2 year old loves it. We laugh whenever we read it. The illustrations are so rich. We discover new, wonderful details each time we read it. This book is a hands-down winner. A great birthday gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We human beings think we know, don't we? But we don't. And this little children's picture book proves it. When asked to participate in a musical about what animals really want, animals at first comply and reply with stereotypical animal likes but, gradually, as the musical progresses, the animals begin to rebel and answer from their quirky animal hearts.

Like all really good picture books, this book can be about more than the real preferences of kangaroos and cows. With foldout pages and big bright illustrations that make the real book much, much better than an e-book.

"We are monkeys, and we like to play.
We are horses, and we like fresh hay.
We are worms, and we like to wiggle.
We are warthogs, and we like to...
...blow enormous bubbles.

Blow enormous bubbles?
Stop! Stop!
That's not in my song."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Leggat on March 7, 2013
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I am an elementary school librarian, and the pre-K and K kids love the format of this book. (words and large fold-out pages) There is no predicting what the animals really want... and it is a great way to teach that it is great for us all to be unique!
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