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Written by Christopher Lloyd

Illustrated by Mark Ruffle

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Humanimal Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Reference Books The Natural World

Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

This richly illustrated, mesmerising exploration shows that humans and other animals don't just live on the same planet, they also share many of the same patterns of behaviour, making us all fellow players in the drama that is life on Earth. Fascinating and stunningly illustrated, Humanimal explores and celebrates the astonishing ways in which animals and humans are alike.


Humanimal Synopsis

So you think you're special? Just because people have built cities, invented pop-up toasters and put people on the Moon that they are somehow different from (or better than) other living things? Well it's time to think again!

Humanimal explores the interconnections of the human and natural worlds in ways you never before imagined... Inside you will discover how slime moulds learn how to navigate through a maze; how rats are ticklish and how it makes them laugh out loud; how elephants have funerals for their lost loved ones; how bees vote in elections to decide where to locate their nests; how crows use cars to crack nuts and a whole lot more!

Written by Christopher Lloyd, the bestselling author of Absolutely Everything, and illustrated by the superbly talented Mark Ruffle. Including a colourful jacket with a wonderful animal surprise underneath, this book will astound and amaze children aged 7-11, along with their family and friends, too!

Humanimal Press Reviews

Great Scott!! What On Earth Books are producing some truly amazing non-fiction titles at the moment, and this one's so good that we just had to slap a Book of the Week award on it. - Read it, Daddy!

Brilliant...Brimming with Lloyd's energy and enthusiasm, and with fun and learning on every page, this is a glorious celebration of our enduring relationship with all creatures great and small. - Lancashire Evening Post

Made me feel amazed, spooked and excited at the same time because animals are so similar to us...Overall I would describe it as vibrant, exciting and a bit wild. - National Geographic Kids - Tom, aged 7

A highly interesting account of animal behaviour brought alive by Mark Ruffle's vibrant illustrations. - Irish Examiner

Little ones will be fascinated to discover just how similar they are to a surprising variety of creatures. - Absolutely Mama

A rich, colourful guide to 'incredible ways animals are just like us , this book will increase children's interest in, and empathy with living creatures, as well as making them laugh. - Big Issue - Kids' books of the year 2019

Completely engrossing, worthy of praise and hours of time spent perusing and reading. - My Shelves are Full

A wealth of information about the ways in which animals work, build, live and have fun together. - Armadillo

Quite amazing, and the author's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Should be in every school library. - Books for Keeps - 5 star review

These examples give a fascinating insight to the similarities between species and promote sympathy with the animal world - which can only be a good thing for future generations. - Booktrust

A great way for young readers to learn about empathy. - Parents in Touch

This over-sized hardback non-fiction title is presented in a logical and accessible format. Lloyd has split the book into chapters of different characteristics such as community, feelings and intelligence and then provided interesting examples of different species that exhibit similar behaviour to humans. Lloyd also introduces each chapter, asking the reader to think about their own experience while giving examples from his life with two dogs. The character and appeal of the book is heavily influenced by the design and illustration provided by Mark Ruffle whose artwork is vector graphics based with a muted colour palette. With solid background colours and the blocks of text the book is laid out in an orderly and easy to read design. This is a superb non-fiction title that is enjoyable to read from cover to cover or simply to dip into for some fascinating facts. An outstanding book with an intriguing title which will entice the most reluctant of readers. - The School Librarian (SLA

The section on feeling of grief is particularly poignant. Observations of animals such as elephants and orcas are used to show how animals have exhibited grieving behaviours [...] The illustrations are lovely, using bold blocks of colour and showing the creatures sensitively. I particularly love the spread of the bees on honeycomb and flower. This is great book to add to the class or school library, encouraging children to pause and consider the similarities between us. - North Somerset's Teachers' Book Awards

I really liked the book! My favorite part of the book was the part about the whale story and the polar bears and the female cuckoos. I gave it a four because the book had so many words in it! This book also gives a lot of information that I did not know! I like that it gives different ways the animals are like us. I always wonder what animals are thinking. This is a good book for me to get information and then tell my friends! -- Hayley, aged 8 - Kids Book Buzz

These examples and many more give a fascinating insight to the similarities between species and promote sympathy with the animal world - which can only be a good thing for future generations. - Booktrust

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ISBN: 9781912920006
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Publisher: What on Earth Books an imprint of What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912920006
Publication date: 10th October 2019
Author: Christopher Lloyd
Illustrator: Mark Ruffle
Publisher: What on Earth Books an imprint of What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Reference Books, The Natural World

About Christopher Lloyd

Christopher graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now ...

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