The Great Ape Escape




The safari park monkeys are a smart bunch! They are always up to something – and one day Banana Bill has an ingenious plan. With warm and witty illustrations by Pascal Biet this is a hilarious celebration of monkey mayhem.


Author/Illustrator: Fiona Manlove, Pascal Biet
Extent: 32 pages
Format: PAPERBACK 270 X 225MM
ISBN: 9781857144659
Age range: 3+ years


Fiona Manlove was born in London and studied in Kent. After travelling to the USA and Australia in her early 20s, she returned to England where she married and had two children and now lives in Surrey. Fiona is a prolific writer for all ages from young children to young adults. This is her second book for Ragged Bears. The first was The Cat Sat on the Mat.

Pascal Biet was born in a lovely medieval town in the Loire Valley in France. He became interested in drawing from a young age. The Smurfs and Babar were inspirations, to name a few. Pascal chose to continue his studies in the arts. First high school in Tours, applied arts section, then to the ETIC school in Blois. After ETIC, Pascal wanted to work in children’s illustration. He participated in the contest that the Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, organizes every year. His illustrations were selected and exhibited there at the Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi in April 1997. Since then he has illustrated several picture books which have been published in many countries.