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Monday 24 February 2020

Review: Humanimal

Humanimal takes a fabulous, fascinating look at the many ways animals are just like humans.
Beginning with community and teamwork, the book is divided into topics such as farming, grief, language, inventions and more. For each topic, discoveries about different animals; how they think and what they do similarly to humans in various situations are told.

I found this book so captivating that I read it all in one go, the content is unique to other animal fact books and is highly relatable to us as humans. Some of my favourite parts include the language and teamwork of honeybees, angry llamas, sneaky cuckoo birds, puzzle solving slime mould and ravens who roll down hills for fun.

A helpful glossary, index and profiles of ecologists, marine biologists, zoologists and other people who studied the animals in the book including Jane Goodall and Karl von Frisch is featured at the end.

Humanimal is the perfect book for a classroom and curious minds, it’s educational, thought provoking and beautifully presented.

Mark Ruffle is a UK based illustrator and designer, his textured digital illustrations suit perfectly and give Humanimal modern stylised feel. Christopher Lloyd is a UK author and historian, two of his many other books include Absolutely Everything! and The Big History Timeline Wallbook.

Title: Humanimal
Author: Christopher Lloyd
Illustrator: Mark Ruffle
Publisher: What on Earth Publishing, $27.99
Publication Date: 1 February 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781912920006
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book