A funny, fast story telling of the boastfully misguided meerkat, Uncle Fearless, who takes care of his mischievous charges and finds them too much of a handful, particularly the naughty ‘Trouble’. In language witty and expressive, we see Trouble point his botty instead of his tummy at the sun, shoot sand over his siblings and narrowly escape a hungry eagle owl. Luckily Uncle’s older nieces and nephews are there to lend a hand and they are humble enough to accept their part as merely ‘teamwork’ (our proud chief who has ‘won fights with snakes and wild painted dogs’ has, after all kept guard, while the youngsters taught the little ones how to play).
Kids love to witness others playing up, so this is a winner right from the start. And bragging Uncle Fearless the chief, who has to be rescued by his more capable nieces and nephews, is a character who can tickle anyone’s funny-bone. This is a case of one-upmanship over grown-ups, so it’s fun, as well as an entertaining way to learn about meerkats.
Strong, happy colours, composed and creative scenes along with excellent characterisations make this book a cheery addition to any bookshelf.