Fantastic Facts About Your Favourite Animals

Written by
Sarah Webb
Alan Nolan
Animal Crackers

A book of animal facts that will appeal strongly to children, illustrated with black & white animal art/doodles, activities and quiz pages – a highly interactive, fun and informative book.

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176 pages
190x153 mm
Category Nature

Which are the biggest and smallest animals? Which are the most dangerous? Why do dogs love people so much? What animals can live in the heat of the desert, or deep below the oceans? Sarah Webb is animal crazy and has put the answers to all these questions and more in Animal Crackers, a book bursting with information about animals of all types!

Crammed full of pictures, cartoons and more from Alan Nolan this is the perfect book for children who want to know more about our furry, feathered (and scaly!) friends.

With a special section on Irish wildlife, and the 'Irish Animal Detective' activities, children will want to explore their gardens, parks and beaches to seek out all kinds of native animals. Animal Crackers also provides fun facts and engaging activities that kids will love - from how to draw your favourite animals to suggestions on how you can help save the planet!



Sarah Webb is a children’s author who combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. She has won two Irish Book Awards for her children's books (for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Blazing a Trail), as well as the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books, awarded in 2015. Sarah worked for many years as a children’s bookseller and was writer in residence for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2016/2017: she is currently the Children’s Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers’ Week. For more, visit

Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He has written and illustrated many books and comics for children and grown-ups, including Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor's Caveman and the Murder Can Be Fatal series.

a mini encyclopaedia about animals, domestic and wild, laced with humour and hilarious illustrations

Irish Examiner

great craic … Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan have sought out some of the most weird and wonderful creatures on the planet … manages to cover an immense amount of ground for one small paperback book

Evening Echo

'Animal Crackers has a striking purple cover. It is light-weight and easy to bring with you to pass the time on long journeys … Alan Nolan’s black & white illustrations are excellent and make the book fun and approachable, even for younger readers. There are some sections where the book gives step by step instructions for drawing animals yourself. These are super. We also really liked the drawings of Sarah and Alan at the start of the book which made us really think about the author and illustrator behind the book. The book covers a wide variety of different animals and contains some breathtaking facts and awesome puzzles and jokes. This is *not* just a list of animals. It’s a really well-researched book covering everything from dinosaurs, fossils and evolution to native Irish animals, types of habitats and protecting endangered species…We would recommend this book for Primary School aged children, 4-12. Younger children would enjoy having this book read to them. Older children would find this book very interesting and could learn a lot (e.g. the lifecycle of a ladybird)…We scored this book 9.8 out of 10.’ Book Review by the Cullen children, age range 4 -11, Dublin


just some of thousands of facts compiled by Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan for Animal Crackers … which takes an engaging and wide-ranging approach to the animal world, providing a potted history of evolution, a guide to habitats, and practical suggestions for how young animal lovers can help endangered species. The graphic presentational style is very appealing, while the puzzles and draw-along sections provide an encouraging interactive engagement with the facts. Animal Crackers is funny too and works as a brilliant conversation starter with trivia-lovers

Irish Times

Fantastic and fascinating facts about animal life abound in this collaboration from animal lovers Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan. Covering a frankly breathtaking amount of information about animals from just about everywhere in the world, the duo take readers on a whirlwind tour of the history, geography and biology of animals of all kinds. Alongside this wealth of knowledge are drawing tips, fun games and jokes that are sure to keep readers entertained, as well as joyful comic illustrations and pun-filled asides. Great stuff altogether!

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