“Sad Animal Facts” – A Book Review

21 Jun “Sad Animal Facts” – A Book Review

I was at the Fish Lake Branch shelving some books recently when I saw Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker for the first time. The title struck me as funny and I saw a cat on the spine of the book. As a self-proclaimed cat lady, I was immediately interested. Unsurprisingly, this book is not your typical adult nonfiction book.

One look at the front cover will give you a good idea of the set up on each page: a hand drawn illustration of an animal (who is usually very tired looking), a sad animal fact, and a witty comment from the animal. I might have a strange sense of humor, but this book had me laughing the entire time! It’s a very quick read and Barker sneaks some interesting animals facts onto each page. You don’t feel like you’re learning something new on each page, but you definitely are. (Who knew that certain types of frogs can close their ears?! I didn’t!)

I also found some of the animals’ reactions to their sad fact entirely too relatable. Here’s an example on page 19 about little brown bats:

Sad fact – “Little brown bats are awake for 4 hours a day.”     Little brown bat’s response – “Tomorrow, I’m watching a movie, eating some cereal, and then going back to bed.”

Same here, Little Brown Bat, same here.

Here’s another on page 163:

Sad fact – “Houseflies can only hum in the key of F.”      Housefly’s response – “I’ll never find my karaoke song.”

I’m not the best singer myself, but that doesn’t stop me from singing along when “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes on the radio!

So, if you’re ready for a quick read that will have you laughing at (and sympathizing with) these cute cartoon animals, then you should give Sad Animal Facts a try. I found it to be amusing and informative – I’ll definitely check it out again. You can find more information about Sad Animal Facts and place a hold by clicking here.