The Lives of Lemurs: An Unnatural History


by Andrea Antinori


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Have you ever heard a lemur sing? Did you know that in the morning lemurs sunbathe while doing yoga and worshiping the sun? And some can even levitate.

In this whimsical, fictional take on lemurs, which incorporates many true facts, award-winning writer and illustrator Andrea Antinori amusingly chronicles the history, habits, and quirks of one of the most unusual animals on the planet. The lemurs’ story begins fifty million years ago, when they left Africa on the back of a sperm whale and landed in Madagascar (maybe)…and the rest is an unnatural history. Comprehensive educational backmatter presents amazing (and true) facts about these incredible and seriously endangered animals.


Unbelemurable ... Quirky, original illustrations compliment the storytelling in a book that both children and adults will love and learn from.” —Daniel Flynn, Oakland Zoo/My Rainforest, My World Program

Award-winning writer and illustrator Andrea Antinori takes us on a whimsical journey that marries fiction and fact as it explores the history, habits, and habitats of lemurs, one of the funniest (and most fun to draw) animals on the planet.

Andrea Antinori is an award-winning illustrator based in Bologna, Italy. Since he was a child, he has loved animals and he has loved to draw them. His favorite animal changes all the time. He likes octopuses very much, but right now, lemurs are the creatures he loves most. He wrote and illustrated the book The Lives of Lemurs: A Short Treatise on Natural History. Other books he has illustrated include A Book about Whales and The Great Battle, the latter of which has received major international awards including: Best International Illustrated Book — China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair, Premio Andersen — Best book 6-9 years olds, Selected illustrator for exhibition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017, Italian illustrator in IBBY Honor List 2016.


Publication Date | October 25, 2022 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

56 Pages

Color Illustrations Throughout

7.35 x 10 in.

$19.99 ($26.99 CAN)


Reading Age: 4 - 8 years

This book has been translated into the following languages: