Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £3.69

Save £5.30 (59%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

QI: The Book of Animal Ignorance by [Lloyd, John, Mitchinson, John]
Kindle App Ad

QI: The Book of Animal Ignorance Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£3.69

Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled
  • Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download

Great Reads for 99p
Browse our selection of Kindle Books discounted to 99p each. Learn more
Get a £1 reward for movies or TV
Enjoy a £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply

Product description

Book Description

Amazing facts from the animal kingdom from QI

From the Publisher

Includes a Foreword by Stephen Fry, and a Forepaw by Alan Davies.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 36363 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033XLTSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a book that is entertainingly written and full of amazing facts about the world of animals and creatures generally. I cannot verify the quality of the science but assuming it is well researched it is often mind-bogglingly wonderful. Different creatures get three or four pages each and as the title suggests it focuses on the less generally known or more generally misunderstood things about each animal, so it is very useful for adults who thought they knew it all.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I'm a bit of a fanboy when it comes to the QI show and books, but this is book is my favourite offering.

The reason why I like the QI products so much is the QI philosophy: knowledge should be interesting, and learning is fun. So the worthy but dry stuff is cut, leaving just the good stuff.

At times this can be annoying if you want a detailed and complete understanding of a subject, but that's not what they are about. And of course once you've picked up the personality of a subject, and find you like it, you can always dig deeper.

The reason I like this one in particular is the subject matter - the animal kingdom boggles the mind. The elvish approach has pulled up a torrent of scarcely believable and fascinating information, most of which is new to me. There's nothing they couldn't have used for the inside cover, it's amazing from cover to cover.

The book introduces us to about 100 animals, with the information squeezed into two pages for each. Cartoons support the ideas and facts presented simply and stylishly.

As others have said, if you want a complete overview of the principles and organisation of the animal kingdom, then you are better looking elsewhere. But if you want something to interest and fascinate you, then this is a great place to start.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Even if animal facts aren't particularly your thing, you should still find this book to be nothing short of absolutely fascinating. I dare you to read more than two pages without thinking "wow!" to yourself.

Literally pick an animal, any animal and then prepare to be instantly fascinated by facts which will simply astound you. Squid!? Eh, squid you say...? Well maybe not 'squid', but you will find box jellyfish (whose eyes are permanently out of focus!) But commoner animals are just as fascinating in the hand of this book's meticulous authors: For instance, thought you knew all about dirty rats? You'll rapidly learn that they enjoy peeing on each other, giggling in ultrasound, and that the only place in the world where you won't find any (outside of the polar ice caps) is Alberta, Canada because they have a 400 mile buffer zone against their entering. A quarter of all electrical faults are owing to their teeth cutting into wires; just as they are responsible for most otherwise unexplained domestic fires. And lest you thought they were dirty: they certainly are! Yet still spend half their lives cleaning themselves.

Utterly fascinating is this book - owing to its most interesting compendium of amazing facts regarding all kinds of critters. I just wish that the book included more animals and was, accordingly, bigger; albeit hopefully a future edition will be "noticeably stouter". Still, it remains an unquestionable must buy. 5/5!
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As an avid fan of these books, I can confirm that this one is every bit as good as the others or, possibly, even better than most. Is it possible to have a book stuffed with interesting facts only about animals? Yes, yes, yes!!!!

As always, I treated this book like a 'treat' and just dipped into it periodically and, as always, my challenge was to discipline myself to avoid being utterly hooked and simply reading the whole thing in one sitting. Again as always, I thought "Oh, I must remember that" umpteen times and, of course, I can remember very little now.

If I have one, tiny, grump it is that some sections seem a little dated, referring to research that is ten years or more out of date but that didn't dent the unalloyed joy of reading this book one jot. Utterly brilliant!!!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Book of Animal Ignorance is quite different from its predecessor, the Book of General Ignorance. The few people that disliked the first QI book complained that its question and answer style made them feel stupid (although the fact that so many people bought it seems to suggest that people quite enjoyed this). You won't get that feeling when reading the latest edition from the QI team.

The book has lost the question and answer style of the book of general ignorance. Instead it has been organised into two-page sections, each concerning one of 100 animals, organised alphabetically. Hence the focus has drifted away from the ignorance and over to the animal. However, that does not mean that the book is any less interesting.

For someone who religiously watches the TV show which the book accompanies, this book is far more rewarding. The first book lifted much of its material from the general ignorance round in the show. That which hadn't been seen by viewers of the show, probably hadn't made the cut. For this book it is clear that a considerable amount of extra research has been done.

Since much of the research has been done exclusively for the book, you can begin to perceive some of the themes that preoccupied the authors and their elves. The etymology of animal names is a clear example. Understanding how an animal was named gives a fascinating insight into what we believed we knew about the animal in the past and how our relationship with it has changed. The mouse is an excellent example:

"The very name `mouse' ultimately derives from the Sanskrit root mush, which means mouse and also to steal. Hence wherever we went thereafter - on foot, in carts, or by ship - the little thief kept us company.
Read more ›
Comment 92 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover