7 October 2013

The Anagranimals & the Wishing Tree

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When Leigh, the author of Anagranimals, got in touch with me, I was excited to have the chance to read this brand new childrens book and see what the Thomas thought about it too. 

The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree is suitable for children aged 5 to 9 and was written by Leith Moghli and illustrated by Ian King. It was released on the 1st September 2013 and published by Anagranimals containing 32 pages of feel good fun and cute, detailed drawings. 

The book about six animal friends, Heidi the Hippo, Pedro the Pig, Lancelot the Lion, Ebenezer the Elephant, George the Giraffe and Rocky the Rhino, who one day stumble upon a magical Wishing Tree. This Wishing Tree grants the animals a wish and they each wish for the best parts of their favourite animals. 

The next morning all the fun begins as each of the 6 animals transforms into a mix of their favourite animals, Heidi turns into a Hippo-Croco-Puss, Ebenezer into a Ele-Zeb-Zee, Pedro into a Pig-Orilla-Roo, Lancelot into a Leo-Tigga-Mur, George into a Gir-Osti Duck and Rocky into a Rhino-Parra-Rog. 

Later on in the book the animals learn that they then start to swap body parts amongst themselves and set off on an adventure with a whole host of fun along the way. 

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Thomas and I sat and read through the whole book. We had initially decided to read it in bits but as we got into it, we couldn't put it down and just had to see what happened next. We both enjoyed reading the book and following the animals in their adventures. Seeing the beautiful pictures illustrate what was going on in the story also made it extra special to read.

I think that the way the animals names have been broken up into three sections will make it easier for younger children to learn how to say them as they start reading which I think is good. 

I cannot wait for the next story, The Anagranimals and The Weeping Willow, to come out so that we can enjoy the next chapter in this amazing story. 

Anagranimals also have a range of interchangeable cuddly toys at the final prototype stage. They will also be able to swap between each other to make all kinds of different animal mixtures. I am looking forward to seeing these toys and Thomas has already told me that he would like to collect these also.

If you would like to listen to The Anagranimals and The Wishing Tree, you can watch it on YouTube where it is being read by Leith Moghli. 


  1. this sounds like a fabulous book and I must put it on the list for my kids at xmas

    1. Pop over to our competition section as we are giving a signed copy of the book away http://www.adventuresofayorkshiremum.co.uk/2013/10/win-signed-copy-of-anagranimals-wishing.html

  2. Pam Francis Gregory13 October 2013 at 10:59

    This looks perfect for the kids

  3. The swapping body parts bit sounds a fun part of the story.