Book Reviews,  Kids books

You’re called WHAT?? {Kids book review}

Happy November!! I can’t believe it’s literally the final countdown to December and 2019!! I decided to take a bit of a break this week, so apologies for being quiet. Today is Friday though, and I could not skip another #BookReviewFriday, so here I am! Parents….do I have a feature for you! ‘ You’re called what?? ‘ is a book I received from Pan Macmillan Kids recently and the one I am reviewing today. I am not sure who enjoyed this book more….the kids…or the mom! Let’s get into it first…..

What is the book about?

Ice Cream Cone Worm. Monkeyface Prickleback. Pink Fairy Armadillo. You’re called WHAT?!

Welcome to the Ministry of Silly Animal Names where all the creatures have one thing in common: they want to change their names.

A unique and rip-roaringly funny, tongue-twisting story full of weird and wonderful real creatures and facts at the end that will amaze. Written by Kes Gray, the bestselling, award-winning author of Oi Frog! and illustrated with charm and wit by dazzling new talent, Nikki Dyson.

What did we think?

I saw Pan Macmillan share some stories on Instagram about ‘ You’re called What?’… Do these animals exist? There was a poll and I very confidently selected ‘no’ on the poll. Either they sent me a message or I got to the end of their stories and they claimed these animals do exist. I chuckled and thought…yeh right! Fried Egg Jellyfish??? Whatever Pan Macmillan!!

When this book arrived…Adam and I yanked it out, Joshua said he wanted to join us and before I knew it Addison was there too. We all took a turn to read a page….and we laughed, because there is A LOT of literal laughing in this book. Every name funnier than the previous one…and you really feel for these animals who just want to have normal sounding names.  The font is really nice and easy to read…and the illustrations are so good! These animals are interesting sounding as well as interesting looking. This was a real family affair and we really enjoyed the book.

So we get to the end of the book and turn the page…..we all literally gasped! A blindside that I never saw coming…..ALL THESE ANIMALS ARE REAL!!!!!!!!!! SAY WHAT???? There….spread across 2 pages are ACTUAL pictures of these animals with some facts about them with a cute and funny sort of punchline. It was also on the last page, Addison realised we’d been reading ‘Blue-Footed BOBBY‘ and it was actually ‘Blue-Footed BOOBY‘…..another laugh out loud sort of moment. Also…the name the Aha ha Wasp wanted as a new name…..KILLED ME! You’ll have to read to find out what it was though…..

Would I recommend it?

I don’t think it’s a shock that I am going to shout YES! This book was so fun and also so educational! The kids and I were laughing, rereading and just talking about these fascinating animals for hours afterwards. The book is recommended for ages 3-5, but I’d definitely say even up to 10yrs old would enjoy this if they’re interested in animals and facts about animals.

You’re called What?? retails for around R150 and is available at all leading book retailers and online.

Tell me….did you see it coming? Have you heard of an Ice Cream Cone Worm before??



I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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