What's Your Favourite Animal?

By Eric Carle

Who would have thought? Lucy Cousins' favourite animal is ... a leopard! NOT a mouse! And Eric Carle? He loves CATS! Find out what other award-winning author/illustrators' favourite animals are in this stunning new collection from Eric Carle and friends.

Bringing together some of the finest modern children's book illustrators of our time – Jon Klassen, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Nick Bruel, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Tom Litchtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems – Eric Carle asks, “What’s your favourite animal?” and the result is an astonishingly colourful parade of animals from giraffes with their heads in the clouds to fuzzy dogs to squishy snails. Some artists reveal their choices with a personal story, others with a comic turn, but all will undoubtedly inspire children to draw and tell a story about their own favourite animal!

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406356519
  • Published: 06 Feb 2014
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 286 x 229 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches, along with commentaries that can be elegiac, nostalgic, silly, and even meta . . . A varied and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of these artists' Publishers Weekly

'First of two new Carle picture books bringing together an impressive roster of modern illustrators.' The Bookseller

'each picture is a work of art, sometimes humorous, sometimes (alongside the text) gently thought provoking... Readers of any age will enjoy the pictures' Books for Keeps

'I love that this book is written by Eric Carle and friends. There’s something rather lovely about the idea of a group of authors and illustrators, hanging out and deciding to collaborate on a project together. But, for any child who likes animals, or drawing, this is a brilliant book because it has lots of both in, and the variety of styles are sure to inspire. It’s also a lovely talking book. I mean, what’s your favourite animal? And why? It would be good for early years classes because it shows there’s no wrong way to answer the question and inspires imagination. Featuring everyone from Lucy Cousins to Erin E Stead to Jon Klassen this is a who’s who of illustrators and I recognised several names from other new releases. At the same time, it introduced me to lots of new faces who I’ll be sure to look out for. This is a fun, if quirky, book' The Bookbag

'Some of the finest modern children’s illustrator’s of all time, including Eric Carle, Jon Klassen and Lucy Cousins present a colourful parade of their favourite animals- inspiring children to join in and draw their own favourites!' Mums & Tots

'Eric has invited a host of wonderful illustrators to tell him about their favourite animal. A simple idea beautifully executed. As you may expect when you give a straightforward brief to a bunch of creative folk, the results are a fabulously varied & eclectic mix of styles, humour and warmth. . . What's Your Favourite Animal? has been written & presented in a manner which makes it equally accessible for both young and old alike. The illustrations are vibrant and eye catching, the text is engaging, personal and enjoyable ... you are going to love it!' My Book Corner

'Will undoubtedly inspire children' Green Parent

'Artists responses vary widely in style and media which is one of the strengths of the book. . . certainly could inspire children to get busy on a classroom exhibition of their own' The School Librarian

'Fun-packed extravaganza ' Carousel

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