This story is set in a time when exotic animals were smuggled from their habitats; a time when parents had little time for their children; a time that could be now. A ring-tailed lemur is stowed away on a boat from Madagascar, and finds his way into the home of an eccentric but dysfunctional family. His night-time antics cause confusion, as he nibbles on the family's plants and raids their larder. But he brings great joy once they discover him curled up in a teapot, filling a little girl's life with hope and happiness. A beautiful tale indeed.
We were given this book as a present by a friend who met the author, Ophelia Redpath. It is a beautiful looking book, lovely artwork and a very interesting and original story. We parents love reading it because it is so different to many other animal stories our children like. Just right for my curious animal-loving 5-year-old.