How to Lose a Lemurby Frann Preston-Gannon
Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you there is not much that can be done about it. That's just what happens to a little boy when a lemur begins to follow him in the park one day—and more of the adoring animals join in. The boy does everything to ditch the playful creatures, from jumping on a train to flying in a hot-air balloon to climbing the highest mountain. But nothing works—and soon he's lost, too! It's then that his constant companions show just why they make the very best of friends. The parade of lovable lemurs, and Frann Preston-Gannon's humorous and sweet illustrations, will have children laughing, reading this again and again . . . and wishing they could have a pet like that, too. This new board book edition is the perfect size for new readers.
PreS-Gr 1—What do you do if a lemur takes a liking to you? Well, if you are the little boy in this book, you do whatever it takes to try and lose it-whether that means climbing a tree, riding a bike, taking a train, or crossing a desert. The lemurs in this tale are persistent, though, and it's a good thing, because when the young narrator finds himself lost and far from home, the friendly lemurs are there to help the boy find his way home again. The story builds upon itself in a way that brings to mind Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins, 1985), and young readers/listeners will want to know what happens next. Preston-Gannon's illustrations appear collage-like and fill the pages with brightness. The lemurs are definitely the stars here, looking cute enough to cuddle, and the illustration of them snorkeling is sure to elicit giggles from kids. This title would be a fun addition to a storytime on transportation or unusual animals. Recommended for general purchase.—Heather Webb, Worthington Libraries, OH
Wild adventure follows when some lemurs take a shine to a slightly wary boy. The boy is holding an ice cream cone, and the lemur clutches a red flower. Their eyes lock; the lemur's smile says it all: "[O]nce a lemur takes a liking to you, there is not much that can be done about it." The boy tries to slip away, even climbing up a tree, but he can't shake the lemur, who manages to attract a few more. The boy hops on his bike, but he can't elude the quartet of lemurs following on a bike of their own. In no time, the boy's being hugged by several new pals who want to play. Still uncomfortable, he hops on a train, takes to the sky in a hot air balloon, jumps in a boat to cross the lake, climbs the highest mountain, and travels through the desert in the scorching heat, on a camel. And on every leg of this odyssey, the lemurs aren't far behind...though they are hiding. When the boy decides that he has eluded the lemurs, he realizes that he's far from home and doesn't know how to get back. That's where his determined new friends come in. Preston-Gannon's lemurs are quite adorable. Each two-page spread is beautifully evocative, with basic shapes and shrewd use of white space. Simple but silly and satisfying. (Picture book. 4-6)
Meet the Author
Frann Preston-Gannon is an illustrator and designer based in south London. She graduated from Kingston University and has worked for a variety of clients including Vintage Books, Sunday Publishing, the PRCA, Spears Magazine, Pavilion Books, the London Times, and Burt's Bees. She has written and illustrated two previous picture books, The Journey Home (Pavilion Press) and Dinosaur Farm (Sterling). Frann was the first non-American illustrator selected to receive the prestigious Sendak Fellowship. This gave her the rare opportunity to encounter and be inspired by the great artist himself, to explore his treasured archives, and enjoy lectures by brilliant guest visitors.
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