Samples from the Lab

Samples from the Lab chronicles the awkward and amusing experiments of Professor Fictitious Karacter.  The story follows his misguided attempts to meddle with nature and the eventual, disastrous results.

The story is written as a whimsical scientific journal with daily entries describing Fictitious’s experiments, along with illustrated drawings and sketches of the unexpected results. The scientific logic is nonexistent and the outcomes are unlikely to be reproduced except as puns and visual humour.

The story however still has some relevance as a strange virus starts to spread. The diary entries become a little more panicked as things begin to spiral out of control. Fictitious eventually meets an unlikely end but the curious creatures go on to escape the lab and inspire a book.

Samples from the Lab appeals to readers of all ages, particularly 11 and up.

Created by Rob Foote

$29.99 incl. GST

4 in stock (can be backordered)

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A 60-page, full-colour hardcover book 210x140mm (8.3 x 5.8 inches), containing lavishly illustrated 150gsm interior pages. An exciting visual feast for readers of all ages.


“I WANT this book! It is so hard to find incredible books like this that challenge the boundaries of genre. It reminds me of the best kinds of books from the 80’s like Wil Huygen’s Gnomes that have become coffee table classics. Rob Foote is filling those very big boots with ease.” ~ Martin Baynton, Chief Creative Officer, Pukeko Pictures LP

“Whimsical scientific journal an unlikely hit.” ~ Otago Daily Times

“Something quirky and fun that has some relevance.” ~ Helena Celdran 20 Minutos

“Brilliant illustrator, Rob Foote manages to create the most exquisite ‘mistakes’ in Samples from the Lab. I love this hilarious story of mishap and mayhem and can’t wait to see it in print!” ~ Fifi Colston, Author, Illustrator, Costume Maker

Kate’s comment

I selected Samples from the Lab for the bookstore because it’s delightfully quirky and different to most books. Rob’s crowdfunding project to create this cloth-covered, hardcover book was fully funded in 5 hours, so others loved the concept too.

Author’s note

Through vibrant illustrations and witty storytelling, this book captures the essence of scientific exploration gone awry. As mishaps pile up and laughter fills the air, readers of all ages will discover that even in the face of hilarious consequences, science remains a source of wonder, inspiration, and endless amusement. Samples from the Lab is a lighthearted celebration of the delightful messiness that ensues when innovation meets a dash of absurdity.

Meet the creator

Rob FooteRob Foote is an illustrator specialising in completely inaccurate and highly improbable scientific illustrations, as well as innumerable others triggered by his vivid imagination and sense of humour. With over 100 published titles, he has worked for a range of clients, including The Times, Vodafone, The BBC, Riot Games, SuperCell, Gameloft, Capstone Publishing, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan Publishing. Feature Film credits include Mosley, Seal Team, The Flood and Blood Diamond. He has gained a few awards: Finalist Golden Baobab Award, Winner Coca Cola Young designers award, and quite a few nods of approval along the way. He is currently living in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Additional information

Dimensions22 × 14 cm


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