Book Review: Dodos are not Extinct! by Paddy Donnelly

A hilarious, engaging primer on famous extinct–but never forgotten– animals that will keep kids giggling and guessing on every page, perfect for fans of Brendan Wenzel’s Hello Hello and Mo Willems’ Edwina.

Psst! Hey you! Can you keep a secret?
Dodos are NOT extinct!
In fact, if you look extra closely, you might be able to spot other extinct animals . . . like woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose.

Author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly delivers a silly, animal-filled read that is perfect for story time sharing at home or for the classroom. Nonfiction back matter jam-packed with facts about the endangered and extinct animals featured in the story makes this creative book as educational as it is fun.

Available on Amazon on Feb. 8, 2022

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Dodos are not Extinct! is a silly book that claims that many extinct animals like Dodos aren’t extinct, they’re just hiding in plain sight. Many wear disguises which are expensive, so it suggests that one of the top surgeons is a velociraptor!

This is a fun read for children. They’ll giggle at the silliness, but they’ll learn about extinct animals at the same time! The illustrations are colorful and as silly as the words. The last page lists several extinct animals and when the last known animal of their species died.

I definitely recommend Dodos are not Extinct! It’s my favorite type of children’s book…having fun reading while learning at the same time.

About the Author

Paddy Donnelly is an award-winning Irish author and illustrator of picture books. Now living in Belgium, he works in a range of illustration styles and his debut author illustrated picture book, ‘The Vanishing Lake’, won the Gold Medal in the Picture Books category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2021. He was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his picture book with Jeanne Willis – ‘Hom’. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.