Flanimals Pop-Up (Flanimals Series)

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From the unique mind of comic master Ricky Gervais comes... 3-D Flanimals! The ghastly stars of a wildly popular book series are about to pop up everywhere.

They're grotesque. They're absurd. They're so ugly they're cute - and they could only be spawned by the mind of award-winning comedian Ricky Gervais. From a planet far away, these bizarre and whimsical beasts - from the ferocious airborne Bletchling to the badly behaved Grundit to the fatally timid Splunge - spring to life ...

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Overview

From the unique mind of comic master Ricky Gervais comes... 3-D Flanimals! The ghastly stars of a wildly popular book series are about to pop up everywhere.

They're grotesque. They're absurd. They're so ugly they're cute - and they could only be spawned by the mind of award-winning comedian Ricky Gervais. From a planet far away, these bizarre and whimsical beasts - from the ferocious airborne Bletchling to the badly behaved Grundit to the fatally timid Splunge - spring to life in the droll and off-the-cuff prose of a writer who some may liken to a latter-day Edward Lear. Then again, some may find these grossly amusing creatures simply-gross. And whose fault is that? Just remember: don’t pull a tab just because you’ve been told to!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Even though they’ve sold millions, won awards, and are currently being made into a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ve always thought that FLANIMALS lacked a certain poppy-upness. That is not a problem anymore."
— Ricky Gervais — Quote
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Flanimals are imaginary creatures designed by their creator, comedian Ricky Gervais, to be ugly and subject to ridicule and disgust. Already appearing in books and in production as a film, the popular characters "lacked a certain poppy-upness," according to Gervais that is here supplied in six looming large and many smaller, equally gross paper sculptures with accompanying descriptive text and background. Splunge (Jello Snurbloid), Clunge, Mernimbler, and Honk (Hagen Splurg-Klanger) all rise from the first double-page spread, while Verminal Psquirm peers out when a tab is pulled. And so it goes, with sillier, crazier names and ever-weirder details galore on every double page. Steen's imaginative ink and digital characters are brought into aggressive three dimensions by Ferguson's well-crafted pop-ups. There is plenty of fun in the invented names, plays on words, and crazy creatures. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Adding another dimension—the third, to be exact—to many of the garish, glutinous creatures portrayed in British comedian Gervais's three previous galleries doesn't improve their looks any, but definitely adds to their gonzo appeal. From the glaring purple Mernimbler to the bizarrely portmanteau Squeeg ("thought to be the missing link between prehistoric Strankulators and the first Dunklings"), more than two dozen bulbous-eyed monsters rear up, slide past, or, in the case of the "jub-wobbling" Splunge (scientific name: Jello Snurbloid), explode in a mix of large central pop-ups and smaller figures in folded corner booklets. One particularly notable spread titled "Flanimal Evolution" sideswipes a certain famous Michelangelo painting. The paper engineering is more varied and inventive than Gervais's free-association commentary, but the stream of nonsense words have a giggle-inducing cumulative effect. Not only should this be popular on its own, but a "Flanimals" film due out in 2011 will also likely crank up demand.—John Peters, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The British comic parlays his book series and soon-to-be-movie into a pop-up product. Readers unfamiliar with Flanimals will receive a thorough introduction to the many different types but no story whatsoever. With their Dahl-esque names—Mung Ungler, Gernloid, Spluff—and correspondingly vivid caricatures, the creatures have an initial appeal, but perusal of their written descriptions reveals a mean spirit entirely unleavened by a genuine sense of fun. In fact, readers' "ridicule and disgust at [the Flanimals'] vulgar and futile existence will only be surpassed by the hatred and shame they feel for themselves." From this first-spread introduction, creature after creature unfurls, each with a gloss that at best is unpleasant and at worst is just plain nasty. The only positive feature to this essentially pointless exercise is that the target audience is old enough to read it independently. (Pop-up. 7-11)
Publishers Weekly
With trademark wit, British television star Gervais provides spicy commentary about the “useless and pointless” Flanimals, who appear for the first time as 3-D pop-ups. A toothy Mernimbler's arms open wide, the ill-behaved Grundit bounds after a vegetal Puddloflaj, and a spread about Flanimal evolution delivers a hilariously profane take on Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, while mini-booklets detail additional Flanimal characteristics. Kids can get in on the mischief, too, helping a Hemel Sprot “get chewed to death and swallowed by [a] Sprot Guzzlor,” via pull-tab. Whatever they are, exactly, the Flanimals lend themselves well to the pop-up stage. Ages 5–up. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763647810
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Series: Flanimals Series
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 403,726
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ricky Gervais, author of the best-selling, award-winning Flanimals series, is well known as the creator and star of The Office and Extras. He has acted in numerous Hollywood films, has been nominated for an Emmy, and has earned many top media awards. He lives in London.

Rob Steen is a comics artist whose illustrations appear in Afterlife and Elephantmen. He has also illustrated all the Flanimals books. He lives in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    What a Great Book

    So cute.

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