Ricky Gervais has won numerous awards for his broadcast work, including six BAFTAs and two Golden Globes for writing, directing and starring in his TV comedy The Office. His recent stand-up tours were sell-outs and received widespread critical acclaim.
Gr 3-5-British comedian Gervais uses a field-guide approach in this second book about the bumpy, lumpy fanciful creatures first described in Flanimals (Putnam, 2005). Four short chapters discuss "The Flanimal Kingdom," "Flanimal Evolution," "Flanatomy," and "Flanimal Behavior." A longer chapter, "Spotter's Guide," identifies 17 species, from the Skwunt to the Swog Monglet. All are illustrated with homely, cross-eyed cartoon figures, as in the first volume. The broad humor of the wordplay and the garish, impudent figures may be a quick draw for reluctant readers. The book strains at being clever, but some readers may like its brevity and silliness. It could also be used to encourage children to invent their own creatures.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Leading a list of picture-book follow-ups this season is More Flanimals by Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the British hit The Office who made his children's book debut with Flanimals (about which PW wrote, "In this catalogue of imaginary monsters, each is more gooey and garish than the last"), both illus. by Rob Steen. Just when you thought he'd exhausted the possibilities, Gervais introduces the Pong Flibber, a brown potato-looking fella who escapes by seeming flagellation, and the Twin Plamglotti "born so close together, they've swallowed each other's arms by mistake," and brings back some old favorites, such as the Grundit and Puddloflaj. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.