AniMalcolm by David Baddiel.
AniMalcolm by David Baddiel. Pub HarperCollins, 2016.
This quirky novel about identity for primary and intermediate students is absurdly clever. It combines the poo bum weez humour of writers like Paul Jennings and Andy Griffith but adds a satirical dimension that will make older readers smile too.
Malcolm lives in a home loaded with animals but he cares nothing for them and doesn’t know why. Everybody else in his family loves animals why not him? Was it the fact that the chimpanzees threw poo over him when he visited the zoo, or something else?
Malcolm goes to visit Orwell Farm with his class and encounters a goat with big eyes named K-Pax. He stares into the eyes of the guru like goat, falls asleep and when he wakes he is a turtle lying on his back. Horrors.
In turn he changes into a cat, then a sheep and other animals before becoming a pigeon. He learns that every time he goes to sleep he wakes up as the last animal he saw.
How will he become a human again.? What will he learn about being an animal? Read it and find out.
Simple to read, clever illustrations and lots of laughs.