QI: The Pocket Book of Animals, Paperback
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QI the Pocket Book of Animals is John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's funny, eccentric and confounding handbook filled with interesting animal facts and figures.

Join the QI team for an off-road safari into the wildlife, past one hundred of the most unusual members of the animal kingdom, armed with illuminating illustrations and diagrams by award-winning artist Ted Dewan. Amongst the weird, wonderful and really quite interesting animal facts, meet albatrosses that fly non-stop for ten years, leeches with 34 brains, koalas that don't drink, geese that mourn their dead and lobsters that live for a century.

Marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the end of their tongues.

Collected by the writers of the hit BBC show, QI, and authors of the international bestsellers The Book of General Ignorance and 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, QI The Pocket Book of Animals is an animal encyclopedia that even David Attenborough would learn something from. And remember - everything you think you know is wrong.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: TV tie-in humour
  • ISBN: 9780571245130



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This delightful volume is based on the hit BBC show QI, and – ideal to keep in one’s own car, lavatory or brief case to while away the odd moment – makes an excellent gift for young and old. Did you know that dying wasps emit a pheromone that alerts nest mates to danger, or that there were no honeybees in the Americas until colonists introduced them, when they were known as ‘white man’s flies’?Or rabbits are the world’s third most popular pet – and the oldest parrot fossil is 55 million years old? Who can fail to be intrigued by titbits of this nature? A grand read.

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The second QI book was optimal bathroom reading. The book contains a splendid miscellany of animal facts. At two pages per creature, the pace is quick enough to satisfy even those readers equipped with miniscule attention spans. Well-written, with the same air of slight condescension as is so prevalent in the show.