Today sees the publication of Hugh Holman‘s The Almost Animals. It’s a gem of a book aimed at reading age 7+ but which will delight ‘read to’ children from 5 upwards.

We wonder what everyone’s favourite aminal will be. And that’s not a spelling mistake – we do mean aminal.

Our particular favourite – apart from the star of the show, Angle the crocogator – is the Snortoise (below) that appears at the side of The Always Pond each day. It doesn’t say much, but that’s just fine.

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Having said that, Spriglet makes us laugh. Spriglet is half snail, half blue sea slug and very funny. (We think adults reading to children will particularly enjoy Spriglet’s contribution.)

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There are loads more to choose from, including The Old Codgers. Why are they called that? You’ll need to read the book to find out.