Orangutanka: A Story in Poems

by Newbery Honor winning author Margarita Engle 

illustrations by Renée Kurilla

ISBN  0805098399

Holt 2015

All 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!

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

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

*From 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"

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