The Council of Animals

The Council of Animals

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From national bestselling author Nick McDonell, The Council of Animals is a captivating fable for humans of all ages--dreamers and cynics alike--who believe (if nothing else) in the power of timeless storytelling.

"'Now, ' continued the cat, 'there is nothing more difficult than changing an animal's mind. But I will say, in case I can change yours: humans are more useful to us outside our bellies than in.'"


After The Calamity, the animals thought the humans had managed to do themselves in. But, it turns out, a few are cowering in makeshift villages. So the animals--among them a cat, a dog, a crow, a baboon, a horse, and a bear--have convened to debate whether to help the last human stragglers . . . or to eat them.

Rest assured, there is a happy ending. Sort of.

Featuring illustrations by Steven Tabbutt

Author: Nick McDonell
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: 07/20/2021
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781250799036

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2021 pg. 63
Publishers Weekly 05/03/2021
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2021
Shelf Awareness 07/23/2021
Library Journal 07/23/2021 pg. 1
School Library Journal 12/01/2021 pg. 101

About the Author
Nick McDonell, born in 1984, is a writer of novels, journalism, and political theory. He studied literature at Harvard and international relations at St. Anthony's College, Oxford. His fiction has been published in twenty-two languages and appeared on bestseller lists around the world. A film adaptation of his first novel, Twelve, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. His academic work on nomadism--The Civilization of Perpetual Movement--was published in 2016. As a reporter for the London Review of Books, Time,, and Harper's, Nick has embedded with the United States Army and Marines, the Afghan Special Forces, the African Union Mission to Darfur, and the Iraqi Special Forces. Nick's last book, The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars, was published in 2018. Nick is a cofounder of the Zomia Center for the Study of Non-State Spaces, which supports scholarly and humanitarian projects around the world.