Meerkat Mail

Meerkat Mail

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By (author) Emily Gravett

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Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close ...so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides he's had enough and packs his bags. He's off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn't fit in. And who's that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around? A brilliant picture book from the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 212 x 266 x 8mm | 240g
  • 03 Aug 2007
  • Pan MacMillan
  • MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London
  • Illustrated
  • Reprints
  • 32 colour illu
  • 1405090758
  • 9781405090759
  • 4,316

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Emily Gravett is a graduate of Brighton University and the winner of the 2004 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. A traveller in her youth, Emily has now settled in Brighton with her partner, their young daughter - and two pet rats. Her first picture book, the inimitable WOLVES (978-1-4050-5362-4), won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2005 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Award. Emily's fifth picture book for Macmillan, LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS (978-1-4050-8948-7), will also be published in August 2007.

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A restless meerkat's wanderjahr lasts just six days, but that's long enough to visit as many members of his far-flung clan. Chafing at his large family's "Stay safe, stay together" lifestyle, Sunny packs a suitcase and goes off to visit a string of relatives, from Liberian mongoose cousins Mildred and Frank to Great Aunt Flo the marsh mongoose - oblivious to the predatory hyena struggling along behind. Unhappily, as he reports back on a set of lift-the-flap picture postcards, none of the places he visits are as warm or comfortable as his familiar old burrow, so in the end it's back to the Kalahari. There he gets a big welcome party with a banner, hugs, a platter of yummy scorpions . . . and the frustrated hyena gets a jeering send-off. Gravett depicts the meerkats, the mongooses and their varied habitats in deftly brushed watercolors, adding lighthearted riffs (the postcard from Aunt Flo's swamp is an ad for the "Dive-In Self-Service Restaurant") and decorating the endpapers with faux photos and newspaper clippings. Along with humor and suspense, she folds snippets of natural history into the tale - and it's worth noting that meerkats outdo even kittens for cuteness and personality. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Meerkat Mail is a delight

Sunny the meerkat travels to a new destination each day to visit his family, followed by a predatory jackal, to see where he belongs best. Every night my daughter races to bed for story time to re-trace his journey and finds the greatest satisfaction in the jackal being bested by Sunny's loving family. A joy for her each night, and finally a book that I enjoy just as much as she does as it has some extra detail about the mongooses and their habits and lovely illustrations that add further interest.show more
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