Book Review – AniMalcolm by David Baddiel

We love reading books and have been fortunate to review many of the latest books by well-known authors.

This time round we were sent AniMalcolm – the latest book by David Baddiel.

The blurb –

Malcolm doesn’t like animals.

Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.

The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.

Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…

It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?

Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.


Our review –

The children loved the book. Ethan read it on his own and then we started reading it together as a bedtime book.

They found it really fun that Malcolm could change into different animals.

The book is hilarious and the author has woven in the animal changes very well.

The book is aimed at children aged 8 – 11 years and I would say this is a good fit. Good readers at age 6 and 7 may also be able to read this book. The illustrations also make it appealing to young readers.

We would definitely recommend this to fans of David Baddiel and for those who like funny stories.

The book is priced at £6.99 and is available at all major bookstores.

Here is a trailer of the book –

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