Review of The Lemur’s Tale by Ophelia Redpath
The First thing that you notice about this story is the beautiful illustrations that are individual works of art, and when I looked into the author I found out why, she is also an artist who has exhibited her work in over 100 shows in Britain and overseas
The author was apparently inspired to write this story by a portrait painted by her grandfather, who had a pet lemur. The Lemur’s Tale begins with a sad Lemur who has been stolen by thieves from his home in Madagascar and is now stuck in a cage on a boat. One evening the Lemur finds that his cage has been left open and he escapes and makes himself at home in a cosy house where Mr and Mrs Laruby and their daughter Lara lives. He eats various sweet treats and a rare orchid and then finds the perfect hiding place. Lara gets the blame for eating the treats until the family find the Lemur fast asleep curled up in the teapot!
The story is longer than the normal picture book and would be ideal for early readers too. It is an original story with great eccentricity which is brilliantly depicted in the inventive and humorous illustrations. The illustrations of Lara stomping off in a strop after she is wrongly accused of being naughty are pure perfection and one that every parent will identify with.
Reading it with my 6 and 7 year old they were captivated by the pictures, as well as the story and had great fun looking for the Lemur on each page.
Reviewed by Wendy.
Thanks Wendy and thank you to Templar for sending us a copy to review.