Before I even opened Animalympics, I was blown away by the gorgeous, eye-catching, richly colourful, hardback cover. I can see kids being immediately drawn to this and pulling it from book boxes around the country. Huge thumbs up to the illustrator Sarah Lou.
There are pages dedicated to separate sports from the well known sprinting and gymnastics, to sports that the younger readers may not be familiar with like fencing, steeplechase, and water polo. This book could be read as a story, but it’s really too long for a bedtime read so I’d dip in and out using it as a spark for classroom activities. And of course, in an Olympics year, it’s going to be an obvious choice.
The other thing I love it is that there is a sport for absolutely everyone, irrespective of size or shape- my personal favourite pic is the sheep hockey team.
The final surprise is the last page. Trust me, this is not an Acknowledgements page to skip. Not only was the book was a fundraiser for UK zoos in 2020 😍, but look at the 🏅 team who were involved. Each name on this list inspires a whole project:
- Katherine Grainger DBE – rower
- Hannah Cockcroft MBE – wheelchair sprinter
- Ali Jawa – paralympic powerlifter
- and more!
My only grumble is that currently, it’s only an ebook unless you order via the authors website. I’m hoping that changes soon as the hardcover is divine.
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Woodpecker Will presents the Animalympics! Whilst the humans stay indoors, the animal kingdom takes over to hold the sporting event of the century! Join the golfing ostriches, trampolining moles and weight-lifting gorillas (plus many more) in a fun rhyming adventure for all ages.
About the author
Josie Dom is a children’s author learning to embrace her individuality.
Join her in a world of imagination where anything could happen and the most important things are friendship and kindness.
Josie lives in the small town of Halstead in Essex with her husband Nic Phine (illustrator of the Lum books), their son and daughter, a mixed-up dog (LabLurchTrievOodle) Frank and a big fluffy ginger cat called Mittens.
Although Josie’s books are too young for her children now, it was their love of stories when they were little which inspired Josie to pick up her pen and create.
After a lifetime in sensible office jobs, Josie is relishing the opportunity to explore her creative side.
Josie is passionate about supporting causes close to her heart. Each year, Josie donates 15% of profit on book sales to a children’s charity.
In 2020, due to Covid-19, Josie penned an Animalympics which she used to raise funds for UK zoos.