Meerkat Choir is a very funny new picture book from Nicki Greenberg. A tempestuous meerkat choir master is intent on stopping any other animals from joining his choir – including the giraffe, birds and crocodile who show up to sing.
The only problem? Once he gets rid of them, he discovers that his meerkat-only choir can’t actually… sing. Oops.
In the end, the meerkat choir master storms off in a pink fit while the meerkat singers go and find the other rejected animals and form their own – diverse – choir. They may not be great at singing but they certainly have a lot of fun!
My 5-year-old’s opinion of Meerkat Choir
I have read this book at least a dozen times in the last week and I’m not sick of it yet. My 5-year-old son has memorised all the words and reads it to himself, complete with sound effects. It’s definitely been a massive hit in our house.
It’s very similar in feel and humour to Mo Willems’ Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus – few words but lots of detail in the pictures.
The moral of the story
As well as being wonderfully entertaining, Meerkat Choir also carries the dual message of:
- Diversity is good – and discrimination is a bad thing that will see you angry and alone, sitting on a mound of dirt while you’re choristers are off singing with other animals.
- Don’t judge a person’s skills by their appearance – just because you’re a meerkat it doesn’t mean you can sing. Just because you’re tall it doesn’t mean you can shoot the perfect hoop. Just because you’re a pretty woman it doesn’t mean you can’t also be a surgeon. And so on…
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher for the purpose of review.