“Leaping Lemmings” by John Briggs and illustrated by Nicla Slater is a cute children’s book that promotes individualism and independent thinking. Playing off of the myth of mass lemming suicide through jumping off a cliff, this tale of the lemming who wants to be called Larry and who prefers spicy pizza and exploration of the species who live in his part of the world shows how one individual can have a major impact. The message is pertinent and nicely illustrated, and this is a fun way to start a conversation with young children about being a unique person who doesn’t blindly follow the crowd…a lesson that can be appreciated by those of any age.
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.
Age Range: 3 - 12 years / Grade Level: Preschool and up