“Lesser Spotted Animals” by Martin Brown. Book review by Pippa Wilson


David Fickling Books £12.99 Hardback Available from 6th October


Publisher David Fickling says:

From the illustrator of the mega-selling HORRIBLE HISTORIES!

Bison are banned and tigers are taboo. Say goodbye to the gnu, cheerio to the cheetah and poo poo to the panda.

The world of Lesser Spotted Animals STARTS HERE!

Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about – from the numbat to the zorilla and everything in between.

Martin Brown’s wonderfully funny and fact-tastic writing, teamed with his fabulous illustrations and tummy-tickling jokes, is a winning combination.

Martin Brown

Author and illustrator      Martin Brown

So what did I think?

Martin Brown’s distinctive style is instantly recognisable: Kids everywhere will know his illustrations from the ever popular Horrible Histories books. But hooray, hooray, these pictures are in colour! The cover promises to  tell us about “The brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about” hinting at the humour that awaits us inside.

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The introduction points out that while some animals are constantly in the limelight in books, others never get a mention!  So the aim of Lesser Spotted Animals is to celebrate twenty one of the lesser known creatures by giving them a bit of attention for a change. So if you don’t know your numbat from your dagger-toothed flower bat, this is the book for you!

Martin Brown’s portraits of the animals are so funny and clever in his capturing of the animal’s expressions and poses- he really brings out their individual characteristics. In addition to treating us to a generous portion of humour, this book satisfies our curiosity with all the key facts for each animal.There are plenty of amusing, cute and gross details to entertain the kids, and the text has a good fact to entertainment ratio! We are also alerted to the dwindling numbers of some species (each animal has its “status” described e.g. endangered or vulnerable).

Lesser Spotted Animals was grabbed quickly by my nine year old, and my eleven year old asked to read it straight away from the look of the cover. I even found my husband reading it to himself, and he pronounced it “brilliant!”

From an adult’s point of view, this is a great introduction to the concept of conservation. As a teacher I’d say this would make a great book for guided reading in Year 6, especially if the class is looking at a conservation topic,  or interdependence and adaptation in science.

This is a really fun book for all the family to share, and I would recommend it for age 8+.

You can find out more about Martin here.

Happy reading!

Pippa Wilson

24th September 2016



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