Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!

Christopher Lloyd (Author) Mark Ruffle (Illustrator)

Product Details

$19.99  $18.39
What on Earth Books
Publish Date
November 05, 2019
10.7 X 11.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Bestselling author Christopher Lloyd began his career as a journalist with The Sunday Times newspaper. Then, while camping with his family, he had a critical realisation: even with a 1st class degree in history from Cambridge University and experience as a science writer, there was so much about the world he didn't know. So, he set out to write books that zoom out and tell the big stories, opening readers' eyes to how seemingly unrelated events fit together and showing them multiple perspectives on the world, all in highly engaging prose and matched with lively illustration and photography. Now, with several books in print, including the bestselling What on Earth Happened? and Absolutely Everything, Chris divides his time between writing books and delivering lectures and workshops to schools, literary festivals, and a wide range of other venues around the world. He lives in Tonbridge, Kent, UK, with his wife and two adorable terriers.

Mark Ruffle studied graphic design and then worked as an art editor for Oxford University Press, before becoming a freelance illustrator and designer. When he's not drawing animals or spaceships, among other things, he enjoys walking his dogs and goes cycling in the Cotswolds, UK, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


"Most readers know that bees can communicate with one another and that elephants have graveyards, but Lloyd's exploration of animals goes further, with details about farming fish and playful ravens. For each topic (community, feelings, intelligence), the author offers examples of animals that engage in behavior similar to humans' and describes the scientists who made these discoveries. Illustrations are detailed and engaging. Text is informative enough for research and readable. Comparisons between human and animal behavior are drawn well, leading readers to exciting conclusions about our relationship with the animal world. An excellent glossary, a long index, and a detailed list of sources make this a fantastic resource, but the segment on the many scientists who contributed to the research really put this title over the top. VERDICT A fun and thought-provoking look at animals that are just like us. An excellent choice for any nonfiction collection." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Based on decades of experts' research and scientific observation, Christopher Lloyd (Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention) invites readers to cultivate respect and empathy for the Earth's other living creatures by enumerating their relatable similarities to humans. Under the theme of 'Community', Lloyd describes how bees and Canadian geese engage in teamwork, how ants and fish act as farmers to provide themselves with the specific foods they need, and how so many creatures engage in play. "Feelings" gives examples of animals' emotional responses (love, aggression, grief); 'Intelligence' relates how animals show self-awareness, communicate, solve puzzles, invent tools, and practice deception as a survival tool. Mark Ruffle's gorgeous illustrations and rich color palette capture images of all manner of flora and fauna. Lloyd includes a glossary as well as profiles of the ecologists, ethologists, marine biologists, psychologists, and zoologists sourced in the book." - Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

"Eye-opening discoveries for readers who think only humans grieve, play, or admire themselves in mirrors." - Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with fascinating, true-to-life vignettes revealing that animals might not be so different from humans after all. Highly recommended, especially for school and library nonfiction picturebook collections." - Midwest Book Review

"A wonderful book that celebrates the living world and raises awareness of our interconnectedness to other species. The illustrations, in a bold graphic style, perfectly complement the text. Readers will be amazed to discover that many of the things we believe set humans apart are actually ones we share with other mammals, as well as fish, insects and even slime mold." - Youth Services Book Review

"Explore amazing similarities between humans and honeybees, termites, polar bears, humpback whales, and other fascinating wildlife. The animals are organized into three categories based on their communities, feelings, and intelligence. Expertise derived from years of study and observation reveals which wild animals demonstrate self-awareness, deception, love, grief, and fun, while the animals and their habitats are illustrated against bright backdrops. Brief biographies introduce the scientists, biologists, and ecologists whose discoveries are represented in this well-rounded book." - Foreword Reviews

"I believe every classroom, school library and home should have this book on its shelves...This thoughtful, observant, and astounding book looks at all the ways that animals are like humans...A page-turner in all of the right ways, it's an immensely readable non-fiction book that delivers memorable information. Best of all, I believe it will change hearts and minds about our relationship to animals, a necessary step in our evolution if we're engaged in saving our planet." - Bookology

"Drawing similarities between animals and humans, Lloyd provides fascinating facts that will encourage future learning! A book that inspires all of us to think about the animals with whom we share the Earth, Humanimal earns four stars." - Katie Reviews Books

"With bold, colorful artwork by Mark Ruffle, and easy-to-read sentences for more confident readers, this is a nice nonfiction add for your animal fans and natural history readers. It builds bridges to understanding animals, and encourages kids (and adults) to pay attention to the world they share." - Mom Read It

"A stunning hardback volume full of powerful messages about the connections and similarities we have with animals." - My Shelves Are Full

"Humans and animals share a great deal, making all creatures "humanimals" -- a case presented in clear illustration and straightforward text. The scientists who study animals and their behavior are included, as are additional resources." - Reading Rockets

"Fascinating...This oversized, richly illustrated, mesmerizing exploration shows that humans and other animals don't just live on the same planet, they also share many of the same patterns of behavior, making us all fellow players in the drama that is life on Earth." - Word Spelunking

"This is an excellent book to add to a science curriculum or to your own home library." - Sincerely Stacie

"I really liked the book! My favorite part of the book was the part about the whale story and the polar bears and the female cuckoos. This book also gives a lot of information that I did not know! I like that it gives different ways the animals are like us. I always wonder what animals are thinking. This is a good book for me to get information and then tell my friends!." - Kids Book Review, Haley, age 8