Monkey’s Wedding

In South Africa (Jo’burg particularly), a Monkey’s Wedding happens when it’s raining and the sun is shining. Reviva pictures this in minute embroidery and appliqué: like a medieval etching, every line on every page has been placed with love and care. We see the Jo’burg landscape and park, with animals bringing presents, a veiled bride – and then the rain increases and the scene becomes more anarchic. Disturbing, but nothing that won’t be put to rights when next the sun shines. Visually, it’s a feast, great for young eyes to explore. There’s character and cunning, and greed and fear – and escape. Result: a devoted, detailed, high-class addition to South African children’s literature.

By Reviva Schermbrucker

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