Did Anyone Actually Read The Animorph Books?

Does anyone else remember the Animorph books? Those kids books with the amazing covers showing different kids (in very late 90’s styles) transforming into various animals. The best part of these ‘morphs’ was the wonderful the in-between phases of kid into animal, which produced so many hilarious images.

I have always remembered loving these books. I remember every time our grade school classes were allowed to go to the library I would immediately find the Animorph books to look at the cool covers.  So, whenever I go to a used book store I will usually glance at their kids section to see if they have any of these books. This winter I finally found the jack-pot of Animorph books, and they were only 2 bucks. So as a mature adult, I decided I needed to buy one. As such, I began the process of comparing the covers to find the silliest morph and while I was trying to choose between the anteater and the bat book, I decided that the bat book was slightly more hilarious looking.

I brought my prize home and once I had read the summary i realized that I don’t think I ever actually read these books. I asked a few people about these books, and while everyone I asked immediately remembered the covers, no one said they had read them either.

So, on my flight home from the holidays I endeavored to read my new book.  And in so doing, I think I can safely say that the covers of these books are by far the best thing about them. The covers are so creative and weird and strangely memorable. While the story, isn’t the best. I did have quite a lot of fun reading it, and narrating some choice passages though.

All of this is to ask the question, do you guys remember these books? Am I the only one who has such fond memories of these covers? If you do remember them, what cover if your favourite? I’d love to hear from you guys!

P.S. I just googled the series looking for a publication date, and I came across one where a girl morphs into a star fish. This is by far my new favourite cover, and I cannot for the life of me think of a situation where becoming a star fish would be at all helpful, which I think adds another level of fun!


35 thoughts on “Did Anyone Actually Read The Animorph Books?”

  1. I remember the Animorphs books! My friends and I read some of them in elementary/middle school? Tobias was my favorite character at the time, though I don’t remember why. I think I stopped after the one where a boy is turning into a blue centaur looking alien on the cover.

    I’m pretty sure there’s something like a million (give or take) in the series, so I only scratched the surface. And I’m largely sure I wouldn’t remember the details of any of the ones I’ve read, so nobody quiz me. 😀

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  2. I loved looking at these books! I too never read them, but found the covers to be hilarious. I think I only ever came across one person in my life who read them, and I remember thinking at the time that it was weird that someone even found them interesting. But the covers were definitely the best.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I loved these books so much growing up! I still have my (incomplete) collection of them. :3 Ax was always my favorite. Actually, these books were pretty special to me, because reading about Cassie was the first time I ever remember encountering a character that looked and acted like me, and I was super excited about it. Even wanted to be a vet myself. 🙂

    The covers are pretty funky, though. Some of them creeped me out a bit when I was younger haha.

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  4. I remember the covers, for sure. However, I don’t think I ever read more than one or two. I can’t say for sure though, but I remember reading more Boxcar Children, Magic Tree House, and other series than those. The covers though, I could not forget. They are eye-catching!

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  5. The covers were so bad so I can see how people may have been put off reading them! I actually really enjoyed the ones I read and honestly, there were so many adult themes about war and PTSD that was unexpected at the time and for children’s books.

    It’s been years since I’ve read them and as I didn’t read them all I would do a re-read. I really liked the characters as well and how many of them subverted expectations. I think my favourite was Rachel. She was so interesting.

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