Middle Grade Review: Merry Meerkat Madness by Ian Whybrow


Age Range: 7 – 11 years

Grade Level: 2 – 6

Series: Awesome Animals

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series; Reprint edition (August 1, 2013)

Genre: Animals, fiction

Source: Won in a giveaway

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

It’s official, Awesome Animals are a hit! Kids all over are
diving into these frantically funny, easy-to-read chapter books and they
can’t wait to find out what new tricks these hilarious animals will be
up to next.

Merry Meerkat Madness is a hilarious holiday
adventure and a must-read for little meerkat fans. It’s Christmas in the
Kalahari and the Really Mad Mob of meerkats are about to have a very
Merry Meerkat Christmas!

This brand new title in the Awesome Animals
series is certain to keep kids laughing and reading! Comical black and
white cartoon-style illustrations capture the zany spirit of the story.

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About the Author:

Ian Whybrow is a prolific writer of children’s books since his
first was published in 1989. He has written over 100 books for children,
has been translated into 27 languages and is published in 28 countries.


My Thoughts:

This book is a lot of fun. The African plains setting with meerkats and
jackals and ostriches made for a unique backdrop for the story. I read
this out loud to my kids and they loved it. They thought that Uncle
Fearless was particularly funny and that the jackals were pretty scary.
 They really liked the meerkats’ nicknames for everything and the way
Fearless always said, “what what”.

The story itself is cute and perfect to read at Christmas time. It is a story of bravery, selflessness, and giving.

My only criticism is that in the beginning it was hard to know what the
meerkats were actually saying. They kept whipping out all these
nicknames which made it difficult to read out loud as well as hard to
understand. But once we figured out all the nicknames and character
quirks, we were good.


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