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Meerkat Mail Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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About the Author
Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Bear & Hare Go Fishing, Bear & Hare—Snow!, Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Meerkat Mail, and Old Hat. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.
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The only reservation I have about the book is it's actual construction. Be cautious, as the glue on the interactive parts of the book (flaps to lift, etc.) oozed out a bit and sealed the pages together. I bought this as a gift book but when I looked through it I ended up damaging it just by turning pages, due to this glue issue. Hopefully the publisher will fix this problem for the next edition.
Emily Gravett can do no wrong in my book; Wolves and Orange Pear Apple Bear are destined to become classics of kidlit, not just because the kiddies enjoy them, but because adults are wowed as well. Meerkat Mail, Gravett's third book, doesn't quite come up to the standard she's set for herself, but this should be another one that will have your kids clamoring for you to read it to them over and over again.
Sunny is a meerkat who starts feeling claustrophobic in the family den, so he sets out to see the world and visit all his cousins (all of whom are other members of the mongoose family), and the story is told in postcards that he writes home to his family. Gravett is interested in showing the variations possible in a single species, and she does it well, with the kinds of understated drawings that have made her so popular. While it lacks the over-the-top humor of her previous books, it's still interesting, fun, and a worthy addition to the Emily Gravett bookshelf you should be building for your kids (or the kids you borrow if you feel guilty about reading kidlit as an adult). ****