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The Funny Life of Pets

Written by James Campbell

Illustrated by Rob Jones

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The Funny Life of Pets Review

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You’d expect a book by top comic-for-kids James Campbell to make them laugh a lot, and this certainly will.  Over 240 illustrated pages he explores the life of pets, in ways that range from the anecdotal to the surreal. Though it’s definitely not an information book, there are some truths slipped in – e.g. Byron took his pet bear to Cambridge University with him – but mostly it’s sheer stream-of-consciousness what-if musings and if it’s unlikely to make readers laugh so much that their knees will fall off, as the cover claims, it will at the very least shake them loose!  Illustrator Rob Jones deserves a shout out too for his inventive and varied cartoons. 

Andrea Reece

The Funny Life of Pets Synopsis

For real-life pet facts, imaginary stories, and a generally laugh-so-hard-snot-comes-out-your-nose read, this is the only pet book you'll ever need! Written by the outstanding children's comedian James Campbell, prepare yourself for The Funny Life of Pets! But be WARNED - this IS NOT a normal book...You read a normal book by starting on page one and reading to the end (BORING). You can read this book forwards, backwards, sideways, and in approximately 861,000 different ways in-between. This is a book with outrageous facts, hilarious jokes, insanely funny online videos and brilliant stories all about pets, the author, and all sorts of other things. WARNING: Anything you think you might have learned from this book might not be very accurate so should not be used in a school project or as part of homework. Unless of course, you are made of stardust and are as brave as sunshine.

The Funny Life of Pets Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our LoveReading4Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alex Golding, age 8 - 'James Campbell is a brilliant author and Rob Jones's pictures are SO FUNNY! This is my favourite book of all time EVER!! I laughed the minute I opened the book. It is literally hilarious! I love it!!!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 10 - 'This is the funniest book EVER! I fell off my chair laughing…'
  • Lucas Blake, age 7 - 'This book is very, very, very funny and exciting to read by following arrows. Lots of fun facts about pets and cool drawings and if you aren’t allowed a pet you can try one of the made-up ones!'
  • Sam Briggs, age 8 - 'A super funny book about pets! My favourite part was the chapter on dogs because it was hilarious.'
  • Logan Upchurch, age 6 - 'This book is funny - very, very funny. It tells you a lot about pets. My favourite part of the book is the bit where you answer questions to work out what kind of pet you should have.'
  • Rob, age 8 - 'A great book for people who want a pet.My favourite part of the book is the illustrations. They are very silly and funny.'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 9 - 'This book made me laugh so hard and so loudly my family thought there was something wrong with me! '
  • Mia, age 11 - 'I would really recommend this book to people who find learning facts boring because this book makes it way more fun and interesting by the way it’s written and layed out.'
  • Jamila Hassan, age 9 - 'This is a good book for people who like funny and non normal books. I love the pictures they were good and weird.'
  • Gianna Smith, age 8 - 'The Funny Life of Pets is  very funny indeed. It has a POO TABLE which my little brother found hilarious {he is in year 2 in school}.'
  • Toby Nicholson, age 9 - 'This book is packed full of made up facts (and some real ones) about pets which will make you laugh out loud.   This book is uniquely written, and very funny.  A great fun read!'
  • Iulia Motoc, age 10 - 'I laughed till I fell on the floor and once I had started reading I couldn't stop!'
  • Gillon Gardiner, age 12 - 'This book was just how a funny novel should be; a good mixture of cartoon and comedy! James Campbell’s style of writing is extraordinary, exciting and appealing to children!'
  • Luca DeFreitas, age 9 - 'Very different, very funny. You should read this book.'

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ISBN: 9781408889947
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408889947
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: James Campbell
Illustrator: Rob Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About James Campbell

Soon after discovering he could not be a duck James Campbell decided to make children laugh for a living. He now travels around primary schools and literary festivals, telling funny stories and encouraging children to write their own stuff. James has been on the BBC1 show, Child of Our Time, and CBBC's Blue Peter, where he taught children how to craft their own jokes. Kids love him so much that he has his own Comedy4Kids show called The Funny Thing About... where he talks about this hilarious new book. 

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