By Martin Jenkins; Vicky White (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763634711, 45pp.

Publication Date: November 2007


With compelling illustrations and a conservationist slant, this look at four rare great apes — and one very familiar one — is a book to go ape over.

Swing with a hairy orangutan and her baby as they lunge for a smelly, spiky durian fruit. Roam and play with a gang of chimps, then poke out some tasty termites with a blade of grass. Chatter and feast on figs with a bonobo, or chomp on bamboo with a gorilla as he readies for sleep. What could be better than spending time with these rare and wonderful creatures — after all, the fifth great ape on this planet is you!

About the Author
Martin Jenkins has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including a retelling of Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and several nonfiction titles. He lives in Cambridge, England.
Brian Sanders is an illustrator whose work has appeared on book jackets, in pop-up books, and even on postage stamps. He lives in Essex, England.

Vicky White is a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick, where her main research interests are management developments, feminist perspectives on social work. Her experience as a social work practitioner includes hospital and residential settings and a family placement unit.