Orangutanka: A Story in Poems

 Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
written by Margarita Engle

The orangutans are ready for a nap in the sleepy depths of the afternoon . . . all except one. This little orangutan wants to dance! A hip-hop, cha-cha-cha dance full of somersaults and cartwheels.

But who will dance with her?

Written in bold poems in the tanka style, an ancient Japanese form of poetry that is often used as a travel diary, this exuberant orangutan celebration from acclaimed poet Margarita Engle will make readers want to dance, too!

*School Library Journal (Starred Review) "This well-crafted book, with its accomplished verses and smattering of facts, should earn a wide audience."

*Kirkus "Kurilla’s lush, digitally colored illustrations are as joyous and full of wonder as Engle’s verse."

*Publisher's Weekly "Kurilla’s dynamic mixed-media images show an adult orangutan perched between branches, while another spread follows another orangutan’s progress down to the jungle floor"

*Booklist "The hilarious digitally colored pencil-and-ink illustrations depict the lush jungle environment and the furry orange orangutans..."


*Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature (ages 5-9)

*New York Public Library, Staff Pick 2015


^Here are some of my preliminary sketches for Orangutanka: A Story in Poems!