Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm

As the title of the book hints, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill book on farm animals, even though its basic content — characteristics of the different farm animals and the sounds they make, all written in rhyme — echos that of one.

Well, don’t be fooled.

Instead of regular pages, every page of Flip Flap Farm has been split into two horizontally; and because the book has been so well thought-out and executed, both the text as well as the animal illustration on each spread have been laid out and drawn such that they are neatly divided into two.

Thus, with each turn of either the top or bottom half-page flap, readers will be able to create one of 121 possible iterations of crazy farm animals, including a ‘dig’ (dog+pig), a ‘deep’ (dog+sheep) and a ‘dicken’ (dog+chicken) — and it’s utterly amazing how, no matter how you choose to turn the pages, the text and pictures always align perfectly to hilarious results.

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Great fun for kids, especially fans of farm animals and/or wordplay, who will be tickled by the terrifically wacky creatures in this highly original and entertaining book.

p.s. If the artwork here looks familiar, it’s because the author is also the illustrator of The Gruffalo and its sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child.

Check out the book trailer below:

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