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Evie and the Animals

Written by Matt Haig

Illustrated by Emily Gravett

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Evie and the Animals Review

Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

A charming blend of magic and reality by these two great talents in storytelling.

This is a delightful pacy read, led by Evie with her super-talent of being able to hear and talk to animals.  When Evie has released the school rabbit and caused a deal of trouble, she promises her father she will ignore her talent – which she does for a whole year. But then animals start to disappear, all sorts of animals, can Evie help to find them and solve their mysterious disappearances? 

This is a timely novel which has themes around helping save the environment and its animals and will surely appeal to all animal lovers.  This character led tightly plotted thriller enables the reader to fully engage with the heart-warming story, whilst also embracing your own difference – making for a very satisfactory reading experience in a chapter book.  

Emily Gravett’s amusingly lifelike illustrations of all the animals add a great deal of pleasure to the reading experience – creating a book you won’t want to put down until you know the end!  A book to stimulate thoughts about the environment and self-worth wrapped up in an excellent story for young readers.


Tricia Adams

Evie and the Animals Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent. A SUPERTALENT.

A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow. The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That's what her dad says.

So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret. But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong. Her dad - and every animal in town - is now in danger. Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of her own past. To do that she must battle a mysterious man with a talent more powerful than any other.

As time runs out, she must seek help from the animals, and finally DARE TO BE HERSELF?

Evie and the Animals Reader Reviews

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A great book that you can easily get lost in. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Full review

Alexandra (Age 9)

Evie and the Animals Press Reviews


Absolutely brilliant -- CBBC

Amazing - Blue Peter

The perfect package of happiness -- OLIVIA COLMAN

Full of heart and humour -Daily Express

Touching, funny and packed with memorable characters - Sunday Mail

A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun -- FRANCESCA SIMON

Terrific . . . An instant classic - Guardian 

Full of wonderful characters -Daily Mail 

Charming - Mail on Sunday 


One of our most inventive and surprise-full creators of picture books -- MICHAEL ROSEN 

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ISBN: 9781786894281
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786894281
Publication date: 6th June 2019
Author: Matt Haig
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Animals

About Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller, The Truth Pixie, and he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.  

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