Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meerkat Mail

A great picture book for readers of all ages is Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. This book has been out for a few years and is in public libraries everywhere. Every inch of Meerkat Mail is part of the story from the cover, end papers, title page…all of it. In the story, Sunny Meer Kat is tired of living with dozens of meerkats in his family….so he hits the road. From the homes of various cousins, Sunny writes postcards home. The postcards are hilariously interactive. Readers flip each card over in the story to discover with Sunny that there’s no place like home and that when away from the safety of our family one always needs to watch out for jackals! Along Sunny’s journey, readers learn cool facts about meerkats and animals that are related to them. This book delivers loads of giggles in the comical illustrations and lift-the-flap style postcards.

Meerkat Mail was a 2009-2010 Virginia Readers Choice nominee and nominee for a Greenaway Award.

Gravett, E. Meerkat Mail. New York: Simon & Schuster Books, 2006. Print.

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