Saturday, 28 December 2013
How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
By the much-loved author of The Journey Home and Dinosaur Farm. Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you there is not much that can be done about it. While being followed by lemurs one day, a boy tries hiding up a tree (without luck), disguising himself (without success) and even tries to sail off in a boat to get away from them - only to discover the lemurs snorkeling behind him. Eventually,after climbing mountains, taking trains and going through the air in a balloon, he finally thinks that he has lost them. Or has he? In the process, he has managed to get himself lost, and it is only then that he realizes that the cunning lemurs might just be helpful after all...
I am sure that this is a question that you must ask yourself at least once a day 'How do I lose that lemur?' and this book has the answer of course!
The story is fun and children will love it. It has a (small) similarity to 'Going on a bear hunt' which is a firm favourite with children. The illustrations are great, telling the story without the words, which means younger children can also 'read' the story themselves. There are lots of lemurs throughout the story and children would enjoy counting them on each page, trying to find any that may be hiding - a great game to encourage interaction with the book.
I really like this author, Frann Preston-Gannon, and would recommend lovers of this book try another of her books Dinosaur Farm
Thank you to the publishers Anova Books for sending me the book to review.