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Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Magic Owl Design (22 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0994350503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0994350503
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A real delight of a book whether as a coffee table book for everyone to enjoy or to get children interested in both famous people and animals. Every page is a delight and you will be pleased you've bought it. Can't wait for volume 2!
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I was looking forward to the arrival of this book and I was not disappointed. I expected to find it amusing but did not expect to find myself laughing out loud.
Each double page spread features facts about the animal portrayed; facts about the famous person portrayed; and a painting of the combined persona.
As a Beagle owner, I can confirm that Harry Houndini perfectly captures their escapist tendencies!
This quirky book, which defies categorising, will make a perfect present for those difficult-to-buy-for people in your life.
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An absolute gem of a book! The illustrations are exquisitely drawn with an eye for detail that took my breath away. Although I've been through it from cover to cover, I keep finding myself going back again and again to feast my eyes on those beautiful drawings.

Along with the brief paragraphs describing the animals, and the people the author has chosen to represent them, there are some very clever, and punny, captions. Example: Luciano Pavaratti - "...especially loved for his rendition of 'Pancetta e Formaggio by Vermicelli'. *Giggle*

A great book - and an excellent Christmas present for older children and adults alike.

I understand that there is to be a Book 2 and I shall be keeping my eyes open for that.

A gem of a book!
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There's a tradition with good children's books where they can be enjoyed by both adults as well as children and this book fits nicely into that category. The premise is a delightfully simple and fun one - famous people from history are re-imagined as animals and this leads to some amusing puns.

As well as the humour in the names the book has two strong pillars, the first are the illustrations. These are simply fantastic and there's a real talent on display here. They're bold and accessible as you'd expect from a children's book, but there's also some great detail there and each character is lovingly rendered.

As well as the illustrations each character is accompanied by facts about the historical personage and the animal they have been blended with. All of the persons featured in this book are deserving of their place and I was pleased to see that one of my favourite writers - Edgar Allan Poe, or in this case Edgar Allan Hippo, is featured.

I liked the style of the presentation and the facts are explained in a clear way without being condescending - a trap all too easy to fall into when writing for children. Usually at this stage in a review I talk about the aspects that I didn't like, but in this case my only complaint is that it isn't long enough. It's a charming idea and excellently done!
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2015
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If you have a young person with a sense of humour and a thirst for knowledge in your life, you really need this book. I ordered two copies. My nearly -11 year-old grand-daughter will really appreciate it, but I wanted one for myself. Why should the youngsters get all the fun? Each full page illustrations (for example, Felix Mendelsswan – the cover character) faces a page with a little information about the animal and a brief biography of the person. It’s beautifully done, with delightful pictures and is both fun and factual. If you buy one to give away you’ll want another to keep! For the number and quality of the illustrations it’s an absolute bargain.

The author writes for young people and doesn’t talk down to them. It’s all done with wit and imagination. The best thing about it is discovering there’s a Volume II in production. Wonderful!
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