Grooming, teaching, protecting, feeding, it’s all in a day’s work for a busy Meerkat Mum!My Meerkat Mum is another lovely picture book by author and illustrator, Ruth Paul. The rhyming text is short and punchy, ‘Up. Stretch. Left. Right. Sleepy Mum. Morning Light.’The text is beautifully interspersed on each of the single page spreads, with clever little ‘window box’ illustrations on many of the pages, highlighting aspects of the main scene.Cleverly, Ruth Paul explores direction by illustrating the meerkats facing different ways, and using text to point it out, ‘Front. Back. Over. Under.Finding shelter from the thunder.’The illustrations are beautiful, with the meerkats in their natural savannah setting in hues of yellow, brown and green.My Meerkat Mum is a good book to share with younger readers, both as a read-aloud to a group, and as a snuggle-up one-on-one read.I thoroughly recommend it.
Title: My Meerkat Mum
Author and Illustrator: Ruth Paul
Date of Publication: April 2017
Reviewer: Vickie Humphries
School: Mount Cook School, Wellington