Leaping Lemmings!

Larry is different from the other lemmings. While ‘all the other lemmings look alike, sound alike, and act alike,’ and will gladly follow their friends to jump off a cliff, Larry is different. Taking the road less traveled, Larry sleds with puffins, plays bongos, and orders pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and hot sauce. The lemmings call a meeting to determine if all lemmings should be the same. The response from the Arctic rodents is a resounding ‘yes.’ Larry knows he doesn’t fit in, so—attempting the impossible—Larry lives with the seals, moves in with the puffins, and even visits the polar bears. When Larry returns home, he has to find a way to save the other lemmings before they jump off a cliff. Briggs and Slater join forces to create a comedic retelling of the lemmings ‘jumping off cliffs’ myth. Hilarious storytelling is coupled with equally hilarious scenes laced with a litter of orange critters arguing and complaining about the odd duck among them. Sure to be storytime favorite. —Booklist online

Think before you leap! Lemmings look alike, they sound alike, and they act alike. So if one jumps off a cliff, the others will jump right after him . . . except Larry. Larry’s very independent-minded and he won’t follow his fellow lemmings blindly to their doom. But can he teach them to use their brains and stop making terrible group decisions? John Briggs has created a wonderfully funny, quirky tale about staying true to yourself, while Nicola Slater’s witty illustrations capture all the humor and pathos of Larry’s situation.

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