It is the Queen’s birthday and she is bored. Feeling trapped and surrounded by so much stuff of one kind and another, she decides that this year for her birthday gift she would like ‘One’s own orang-utan’. And as the Queen must always get what she desires, an orang-utan comes to join the royal household as the palace butler. Chaos and fun ensue as the jolly ape creates mischief and mayhem at every turn.
This is a very funny book with a great ending. Walliams writes with such humour for children and always seems to be able to pitch his stories just right for his eager young audience. I read this aloud to my three year old, who was utterly charmed by the story which is helped no end by the witty and clever illustrations by the illustrative genius that is Tony Ross.
The Queen’s Orang-utan was written by David Walliams as an exclusive children’s picturebook especially for Comic Relief. David will be giving all of his proceeds from the book to the charity. The illustrator, Tony Ross, will waive his royalties and HarperCollins UK will also donate all profits from the publishing of the book – at least £3 from each copy sold will go to Comic Relief. It is wonderful to see a popular author and illustrator being so generous with their talents, and the end result is both a great way to raise money for a good cause and, simply, a great book.