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There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

Foreword by Emma Thompson / Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

"The moving illustrations and story show the plight of orangutans, the dangers of deforestation, and what we can do to help."

A stunning picture book about one little girl and her orangutan friend, based on the Greenpeace film that became a viral sensation

When a little girl discovers a mischievous orangutan on the loose in her bedroom, she can’t understand why it keeps shouting OOO! at her shampoo and her chocolate. But when Rang-tan explains that there are humans running wild in her rainforest, burning down trees so they can grow palm oil to put in products, the little girl knows what she has to do: help save the orangutans!

Published in collaboration with Greenpeace, featuring a foreword from Emma Thompson and brought to life by award-winning illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon, this is a very special picture book with a vital message to share.

This timely picture book focusing on the environmental crisis we all face includes information about orangutans and palm oil plus exciting ideas about how young readers can make a difference.

About The Author

James Sellick is a storyteller and children's books author. When he's not writing picture books for children, he works at Mother, a creative agency. He loves to use his creative powers for good!

About The Illustrator

Frann Preston-Gannon is an award-winning illustrator and author. Her books include The Journey Home, Dave's Cave, and I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, which was named Waterstones Children's Gift Book of the Year 2018. She has previously been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. She was recipient of the Sendak Fellowship in 2011, where she was invited to a residency with the master of children's books, Maurice Sendak.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (May 19, 2021)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623718732
  • Ages: 3 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

“A good, green read … A fanciful approach to raising children’s consciousness about conservation … Moved by the orangutan’s plight, the child writes letters to corporations asking them to curb deforestation, and back matter provides readers with practical, accessible steps to do the same.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Rhyming couplets convey the story of a small brown-skinned girl who discovers a rambunctious orangutan in her room. The child orders the disruptive creature to leave, but, first, asks why she had come to be in the house in the first place. The hairy orange ape explains she decided to live there because her rain-forest home is being destroyed and she doesn’t know how to stop that from happening … This title informs children and encourages them to get involved in saving the world’s rain forests and their inhabitants.”

– Booklist

"The moving illustrations and story show the plight of orangutans, the dangers of deforestation, and what we can do to help."

– South Wales Evening Post

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