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Tuesday 22 December 2020

Review: Meerkat Christmas

Emily Gravett is the winner of two CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, and author of Too Much Stuff, Cyril and Pat, and Meerkat Mail amongst others. In Meerkat Christmas, she has created another glorious and fun-filled adventure.

Christmas is approaching. Sunny wants everything to be perfect. In the Kalahari where the meerkat family lives, nothing around him is anything like the images in his magazine. He sets off to find a place that is. 

He takes his check list with him.

His pen pal Kev the koala seems to be enjoying himself. Shrimps on the barbie, sausages on a stick, a seaside retreat and lots of sunscreen. Not what Sunny wants. He moves on. Letters are sent home to keep the family informed.

Trevor’s the tarsier’s decorations are award-winning. But where is the snow? Another card is sent off with a snack enclosed.

Sunny gets caught in the rain (he hates getting wet!) and huddles into a Christmas stocking while red robin and family sing carols. Rain blotches the writing on the card he sends off this time.

At last he finds snow – and penguins, presents and singing. But snow is not like sand. Sunny is now a freezing meerkat. But he recovers when he opens penguin’s present.

Sunny finds all that he was looking for. Trees, decorations, presents, and even sprouts, his favourite food. But there is still something missing.

Santa finds Sunny's last card home. Can he give Sunny his heart’s desire?

Gorgeous family photos of the meerkats close the book. A festive atmosphere flows throughout as it introduces various animals in their habitat. Encountered on Sunny’s travels.

This novelty book is something unique for Christmas. It includes real cards which Sunny has written, a free print for a child’s door or wall, and lots of meerkat-inspired ideas for Christmas decorations. (They are only ideas. Not meant to be implemented!)

Title: Meerkat Christmas
Author/Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 29 September 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781509857296
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book