Peapod’s Picks is a weekly round up of some of the books that Peapod* has read (usually for his bedtime story) each week plus a review of at least one of them.
*His social media alter ego, not his real name!
Frann Preston-Gannon’s ‘How To Lose a Lemur’.
I’d bought this pre-Peapod. I love lemurs and picture books, so spotting the two together was a massive win!
Even more so when it’s written and illustrated by such a talent (if you haven’t read any of her others, do so – I’ve mentioned before how funny I find Dave’s Cave and Dave’s Rock and The Journey Home is wonderful).
I love how different all her books are, though running throughout them all there’s a strong theme of friendship, plenty of humour and of course brilliant illustrations.
In the case of How To Lose A Lemur, a lot of the humour is to be found in the illustrations – one of my favourite spreads is the boy escaping in a boat unaware of the lemurs snorkeling below.
As the lemurs follow the boy further and further, we travel on trains, bikes, boats and balloons through mountains, deserts, snow and sea – this book has it all!
It’s a brilliant read, with plenty of understated humour and a lovely (but not in anyway saccharine) message of friendship and giving others a chance.
Plus, Peapod loved the lemurs almost as much as me!
Other lemur books we love:
- Flying Lemurs by Zehra Hicks
- Lemur Dreamer by Courtney Dicmass
What else did we read this week?
- Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers (such a gorgeous book!)
- How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
- Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (who knew there was a Barnett & Klassen I’d not yet read?!)
- Angry Cookie by Laura Dockrill (review on Monday!)
- Ten Little Robots by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty (all 3 of us LOVE this series!)
Have you read any of these?
Do you know of any other lemur-themed picture books we’re missing?!
Which picture books or bedtime stories did you read this week?