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Author puts funny twist on ‘Sad Animal Facts’


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There are lots of books out there with interesting facts and information about animals — but one author with Portland roots has found her niche and is getting national attention for her work.

Brooke Barker's book, "Sad Animal Facts" has a funny twist on sad facts about animals. (KOIN) 

Author and illustrator Brooke Barker brought a sad but funny take on facts about animals with her book, “Sad Animal Facts.” 

“Since the animals can’t talk, I get to imagine the worst case scenario,” Barker said.  

She said her sad animal facts used to come up in conversation at dinner parties.

“A lot of times a friend would say, ‘Oh I hardly slept at all last night,’ and I’ll say, ‘Well I bet you slept more than a giraffe, they only sleep two hours.’ No one really likes to hear them,” Barker said. 

She was living in Portland when she decided to put the facts on paper, creating the “Sad Animal Facts” calendar before she wrote and illustrated the book.

It quickly landed on the New York Times best seller list. 

Brooke Barker's book, "Sad Animal Facts" has a funny twist on sad facts about animals. (KOIN) 

“It’s a whole book of Debbie Downers, but hopefully they’re a little funny, too,” she said. 

There are also free online clips of what the animals think about, in the sad way only they can.

The follow-up, “Sad Animal Babies” was recently released and has come with a worldwide book tour, Facebook live chats with National Geographic and even a stop in Portland. 

Barker visited one of her favorite Portland places, Broadway Books, where she drew some of her sad animals on the windows.

She thinks the elephant has the most sad facts, but there’s one animal she won’t draw.

“I think raccoons don’t get a lot of love but they’re one of the happiest animals,” she said. “It’s hard to find a sad fact about a raccoon. [They’re] very agile, do their best with what they have.” 

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