What Animals Really Like

Robinson, Fiona, 1965-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
What Animals Really Like
When the National Animal Chorus gathers to perform the immortal works of Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, the performance doesn't go exactly as planned due to certain preconceived notions of what animals like to do.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN: 9780810989764
Branch Call Number: J PIC R
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Fiona


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It's not what you think. A conductor attempts to get his animals groups to duly sing what it is that they really like to do. The problem? These animals are bucking the usual stereotypes. Pretty much worth reading for the skiing shrimp alone.

Monkeys like to play, horses like fresh hay, worms like to wiggle, and warthogs like to . . . blow enormous bubbles? Hilariously detailed watercolors add to the whimsy.

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Mar 21, 2012
  • jerseygirlsimon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My son, age three, could not get enough of this book. Charming, funny, surprising and beautifully illustrated. A great companion!

Feb 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Robinson has penned a book that is bound to become a storytime staple, and puts some serious work into amusing the small fry. If you want a book that can make a seven-year-old laugh out loud, brother have I got a book for you. Fun. Original. Consider this one of those books you’ll be recommending to all your friends, both big and small. We are humans and we like this book.


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Feb 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Maestro Herbert Timberteeth has written a brand new song going by the name of “What Animals Really Like”. For this one time performance he has assembled a chorus of some twelve different groups of animals. At the start, all goes according to plan. The lions reluctantly sing, “We are lions, and we like to prowl.” Next a tepid, “We are wolves, and we like to howl.” “We are pigeons, and we like to coo.” Finally, “We are cows, and we like to . . . dig.” There stand the cows holding various digging accoutrements and looking very pleased. Herbert, suffice to say, is not amused. He’s even less amused when the warthogs suddenly declare mid-song that they like to blow enormous bubbles. As the book continues, more and more animals start to sing what they really like to do, rather than what society expects them to. And though it causes him some serious stress, Herbert eventually lets everyone sing what it is that they really like, even though it doesn’t rhyme or, sometimes, make a lot of sense.


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