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Sad Animal Facts

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  240 reviews


A delightfully quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom's more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations to make you laugh and cry.

Have you ever wondered how expensive a jar of honey would be if a minimum wage for bees applied, or whether a dog cares what's on television when they sit next to you? Once you enter Brooke

Hardcover, 213 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Flatiron Books (first published 2016)
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Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is the time of year i float reviews of fun books that would make nice presents. not for me, i already have them. i’m just being a kindly readers’ advisory holiday angel.

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this cover of this book looked so cute, i knew i needed to have it, and it was love at first page-flip. the drawings are adorable, and while i knew some of the facts already,

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the way she presented them was absolutely charming.

and there were plenty of new facts! i learned:

-Strawberry poison dart frogs feed their
Victoria (RedsCat)
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Super-delightful illustrations that lessen the impact of the sad facts. Just a wonderful little book.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this from Pan Macmillan for review, and I'm so happy to have revived it as it's such a cute little book!

What I liked in particular about this book was that after you have looked at all the cute pictures and read the interesting (and somewhat depressing) facts, there is a full explanation provided for each of the facts at the end of the book which gives you a lot more background information. And some of the explanations are heartbreaking!

Well worth a read if you like animals and
Isa Lavinia
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-bd-gn, humour
This was such a cute book!
The whole thing was a mix of #same:

And #godiwishthatwereme:

I highly recommend it!
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Weird and fun animal facts, with cute pictures. I really liked the appendix, that expands on those weird little facts.
Jon Nakapalau
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, science
Fantastic facts that will have you laughing while still feeling sad for our animal friends!
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Am I allowed to say that a book of sad facts is hilarious? Because, while reading this, I was constantly laughing out loud and sharing with anyone that would listen (and anyone that really didn't want to listen but did anyway). I will definitely be buying a copy.
♥ Sandi ❣
3 stars

Quick short book that gives unknown animal facts, like Zebra's can't sleep alone or Turtles breath out their butts, with a cute little picture accompanying each fact. Then at the back of the book is a little more advanced description of each animal fact. Quirky and unusual, but entertaining.
Melissa Bennett
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read. Quite adorable with the drawing and the little "quotes" from the animals. I liked having the appendix in back which further explained these sad facts. I was thrown off by a couple of the facts though. In one it said that turtles can breathe through their butts. I did a lot a research on this and all I could find was that there are only a couple species of turtle that can do this. The book led me to think that all of them could. Another part is dogs can't see tv. ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from PanMacmillan Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
A collection of animals and the more woeful aspects of their various existences.

If you can't bring yourself to have a giggle at the woes of animals large and small, allow me to note what a sad little animal you are. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to revel in an atmosphere of schadenfreude directed squarely at our animal friends. Most times, when a blurb promises that I will laugh out loud or that
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great coffee table book. My son & I thoroughly enjoyed discovering all the interesting, funny, (and yes, often sad) animal facts. Bonus points for reading it aloud with a sorrowful & mopey Eeyore-type voice. This is listed as "general/adult non-fiction" but really can be appreciated by lovers of sad facts in a wide range of ages. Clever entries. Cute illustrations. Informative appendix. Recommended for ages 8 & up. Would make a great gift for animal lovers with a sense of ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susana by: Isa Lavinia

Well this was interesting! And funny... in a sad kind of way... sometimes. There's some families in here that need a capital T, as in Toxic -_-
Unless you're a Panda; Pandas like to sleep and they're not picky about where they do it. Unlike zebras who need company to do it...
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so much I live snapchatted it as I read.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute and entertaining. I didn't like having to flip to the back each time to look up the details, but it was an interesting read.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
I giggled and snorted way too much reading this.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, animals, funny
This is a hilarious combination of bizarre facts and charming illustrations. The endnotes go into detail (did you know male ring-tailed lemurs get into stink fights that last up to an hour??)

Recommended for animal lovers, people with a dark sense of humor, and trivia buffs.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, 2017
adorable and informative book!
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Cute and funny. Somewhere between 3 & 4 stars. Not a ton of meat to it, but I borrowed it from our library's Young Adult collection & I think that's a great place for it. I learned a bunch of new animal facts, and laughed at some of the illustrations accompanying facts with which I was already familiar. I identified several spirit animals (the sheep, who can't remember more than 50 faces, for instance -- and the emu, who's sadly unable to moonwalk - something I've mourned not being able ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was really cute! I loved the animal commentary with the animal fact. I specifically loved that at the end of the book it goes into more detail about each fact! I sent a couple snapchats to friends that I thought they'd enjoy :)
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very funny ,quick read, you'll love it
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book with charming illustrations and fun, sad facts about animals. Did you know turtles can breath out their butts? Me neither.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The book I read was Sad Animal Facts. It was so interesting and I honestly couldn't put it down! This book drew my attention because I love animals and I love facts. The facts written in this book really catch your attention and make you ask yourself, "Can that animal really do that?" The thing I liked most about this book was the different types of animals it gave facts about. It also provided me with loads of information about animals that I didn't even know existed. This book is called "Sad ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I have no idea how this got on my list but it did and I found out my local library had it. It is short, cute and very funny. It is often truly laugh-out-loud funny. Approximately 100 animals have something quirky about them and Barker has compiled it all here.
Each page features one silly cartoon drawing of an animal with one unusual fact about it and then a speech bubble with a witty, cutting or hilarious comment. The final twenty pages are a sort of bibliography which gives more information
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m skeptical about the evidence to back up some of these facts, such as “Cows produce the most milk when they listen to R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts,” or that pigeons are procrastinators. There are studies cited in the back of the book, but they’re summarized.

Anyway, this is a fun book you can read in a few minutes. I learned that ostriches are even more introverted than I am.

See more of my reviews: Blog // Instagram
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
It's a delightful little book of illustrations, funny captions and facts about animals. It would make a great gift for animal loving friends.
Charles Korb
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not all the facts were sad.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very funny and informative <3
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

My boyfriend gave me this as a gift from the amazon bookstore in Seattle. This may have effected my rating...
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
No be fair not all of the facts are sad, some of them are just interesting, still a fun little book though, would recommend. I enjoyed the simplistic art style and the quips the animals had.
Kathleen Nightingale
Great bathroom read. Little facts which are interesting.
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Brooke Barker is a writer, illustrator and animal enthusiast living in Portland, Oregon. She’s the creator of Sad Animal Facts and the co-creator of the It’s Different Every Day calendar, and a former copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy. She has a dog who can never eat chocolate and three guppies who can't take naps because they don't have eyelids.