Apes are a fascinating bunch of creatures – and closer to us than any others. This new look at them is just a sample of sorts, but told very simply, so that it is accessible to younger kids, and may spark a curiosity to learn more about these relatives of ours.

going ape cvr.jpgGoing Ape!
by Eduardo Bustos and Lucho Rodriguez

Tundra Books
ISBN: 978 1 77049 282 0

This originally-in-Spanish edition is non-fiction for younger kids, and accordingly, it gives just a little taste of information, accompanied by gorgeous collage art illustrations. It highlight several different species of apes, and for each, the authors have selected one or two unusual features to make note of.

There is a note at the back about the great diversity among the primate family, and it talks enthusiastically about how much there is to know about them, which may hopefully lead an interested child to read more on the subject (or ask you to!).

This is certainly slight in terms of actual information – it’s really a little introduction, but as non-fiction for the youngest set goes, it’s a lovely way to get them going. There are lots more books about monkeys with more serious amounts of information to be found at the library to follow up on the interest, of course, but the kid who loves monkeys might just love staring at these lovely illustrations for a while!

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