There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom


Good grief! There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom? What’s more it seems as though this Rang-Tan is determined to throw away chocolate and pour out shampoo! Thereafter it works its way through cookies, abandoning some! What on earth is going on? Maybe if the Rang-Tan is sent away with a firm ‘Go away’ then everything will be put to rights? However, why would an orang-utan arrive here?

Could it be the Rang-Tan has a story about the place from which it comes? The fact that this home is being destroyed by bulldozers ploughing down forests, devastating orang-utan families and leaving them with no habitat? Thereafter, it seems the forest is being used for palm oil… what is the Rang-Tan to do?

James Sellick and Frann Preston-Gannon have created a warm, rhyming picture book that handles its urgent environmental message empathetically and directly. The colours the illustrator uses are sympathetic and impactful. The information we learn, along with the main character, is devastating; we see in the wide eyes of the two creatures a bond of trust, loss, fear and sadness.

There are many questions to be discussed from this story, alongside facts that must be realised and known. Bookwagon recommends There’s a Rang- Tan in My Bedroom for home and school readers.


There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

James Sellick and Frann Preston-Gannon

Foreword by Emma Thompson

In collaboration with Greenpeace 

(Hachette Children’s)

There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom and I don’t know what to do. You wouldn’t would you? What if the Rang-Tan has no manners and seems to want to play and borrow your belongings? Thereafter, what if the Rang-Tan’s climbing and shouting? It’s too much to deal with! The icing on the cake is the Rang-Tan’s throwing away chocolate and howling at shampoo! What is going on?
What might be learned by the experiences of the Rang-Tan? It seems as though there’s a story here from the homeland of the creature holed up in the bedroom. Furthermore it’s the tale of a loss of family and home for a product that inundates our human lives. Like The Tale of a Toothbrush this picture book is an environmental story that uses a situation to inform and activate. Furthermore, the sympathetic, wide eyed, emotionally effective pictures by Frann Preston- Gannon highlight James Sellick’s rhyming text perfectly.
There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom is sympathetic, meaningful and urgent. Bookwagon recommends this title for home and school.


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