A Pangolin’s Manifesto

JANET BINGHAM - Children's Author

Pangolins have a hard time. If they’re not being exploited for food or pseudo-medicines, they’re being blamed for a pandemic…

A Pangolin’s Manifesto – it’s not my Fault’ (author/illustrator Rachel Shaw, Apollo Publishers, 2021) reminds us that curling up into a ball when things get tough isn’t always the best defence – for pangolins or people.

This is both a gentle self-help book on being kind to ourselves and others, especially in difficult times, and also a cute introduction to what is sadly the world’s most trafficked mammal. The slim, 128-page text is interspersed with snippets of pangolin facts helpfully set in a different typeface, and the adorable line illustrations featuring Pipisin Pangolin will appeal to both children and adults.

My favourite spread is page 48-49, where Pipisin is lost in a book:

This charming little book would make a perfect gift for World Pangolin Day on 19

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Books about pangolins

Some animals a superstars; featured in books and on the silver screen. Say ‘lion’ and it’s hard not to think of Simba and Aslan. But say ‘pangolin’ and some people will think that you said ‘penguin’. However, their fortunes may be changing.

Pangolins were plunged into the limelight as a possible host of the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. My book, It’s not my fault: A Pangolin’s Manifesto is a direct result of that connection with the global pandemic. The growing number of picture books for children may also be as a result of this increased fame. Hopefully this will lead to increased awareness of pangolins and the threats they face from the illegal wildlife trade.

Some of the books are available to buy online. If they are available to buy on The Book Depository, they might also be available on your favourite book selling website or your local bookshop may be able to order them for you.

Book cover of It's Not My Fault
It’s not my fault: A Pangolin’s Manifesto by Rachel Shaw (Apollo Publishers 2021). Available on The Book Depository.

Children’s Picture Books

Pangolina by Jane Goodall and Daishu Ma (Mineditionus 2021). Available on The Book Depository.
The Boy and the Pangolin by Catherine Barr and Laura Borio (Pearson Education, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
Adventures of a Pangopup by Terri Tatchell and Ivan Sulima (Fielding House Press, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
A Wish for Pangolin by Carrie Hasler and Christina Wald (Blue Sneaker Press, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
Where is Marula? by Zane Alcorn and Cathy Meis (CRASH Wildlife, 2020). Available from CRASH Wildlife
Pangolin: Life of a Scaly Anteater by Joséphine Billeter (published in Laos, 2019)
Pangy the Pangolin by Marika Price and Zach Spitulski (Moon Grove Studios, 2019) Currently sold out pangythepangolin.com
Ping Pong Pangolino by Massimo Saudi (2019). Available from Amazon.it
Baby Pangolin – board book by Sandra Ascherfeld (published in Germany by lomolivre, 2018). Available from faltershop
Po Tricks his Foe by Sharmila Deo and Niloufer Wadia (published in India by Kalpavrisksh, 2018)
What on Earth is That? by Susan Savory and Frederic Baele (Penguin Random House South Africa, 2018)
A Pangolin Tale by Jason Derry and Louise Fletcher (Oakenday Press, 2016). Available on The Book Depository.
Pipisin the Pangolin by Rachel Shaw (published in the Philippines by Bookmark the Filipino Bookstore, 2015). Available from Pumplepie Books and Happiness.
Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney (Penguin USA, 2010)

And for a more serious read and to increase your knowledge of pangolins:

Pangolins: Science, Society and Conservation edited by Daniel W.S. Challender, Helen Nash and Carly Waterman (Academic Press, 2019). Available on The Book Depository.