Published June 2011, Oxford University Press. Hardback. List price £10.99
Appropriate for ages 2-10.
From the cover:
‘Meet Aye-Aye. He’s kind of unusual. And Unusually kind. And this is his story’.
It’s impossible to think of the aye-aye without thinking of Stephen Fry, and this is why:
They’re funny looking creatures (one commenter on the above video declares that they look like ‘half fiendish koalas on crack’, and it’s hard to disagree), with ET-like middle fingers, elongated and spindly, which they use for scooping grubs from under the bark of trees. To be fair, they do look like they might eat your soul, but they’ll still charm your socks off.
Like Richard Byrne’s previous offering (Millicent and Meer, reviewed by TreasuryIslands back in March), This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye explores what it’s like to be different. Unlike Millicent and Meer, in which the story was driven by difference, …Aye-Aye lets this issue take a back seat. It still works, though. We find out that Aye-Aye is different from his super-cute classmates on page one, then zip off into a kindergarten whodunnit until the final pages. Read the rest of this entry