...a thrillingly original tale... Its spectacular artwork will have you positively swinging from one page to the next (and you don’t need to have read the first book to appreciate it, but if you haven’t, do)... It’s one of the most gripping, artfully told stories I’ve read this year... One word of warning: despite the young child-friendly format and appetising pictures, this is not for very small children. My five-year-old found it “way too sad”.
Fans of Jakob Wegelius’s strange and wonderful gorilla odyssey The Murderer’s Ape will be delighted by its prequel, The Legend of Sally Jones (Pushkin), translated by Peter Graves. A highly illustrated account of primate protagonist Sally’s origins, it has more of an oversized picture book or graphic novel feel than the previous novel; it’s both the perfect way in for those to whom a huge book seems intimidating, and witty enough to satisfy in its own right.
A heartbreaking journey from zoo to travelling circus eventually brings Sally to Chief Koskela... Jakob Wegelius’ graphic novel prequel to the novel The Murderer’s Ape tells the gorilla Sally Jones’ sad origin story with great compassion. The full-colour artwork has all of the magic and strangeness of the original novel, but also reminds us of the terrible ways humans have treated gorillas and orangutans.