BLOG TOUR: Lost for Words by Natalie Russell


Tapir wants to express himself, but he can't find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can't think of anything to write - and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write, and instead he begins to draw . .


Natalie Russell is an author, illustrator and printmaker whose work has been widely exhibited. When she's not in her studio creating books, she can be found at Dundee University in Scotland where she teaches illustration. For more information, please visit


I found Lost for Words to be an adorable story about finding one's own voice. I really liked the fact that the author/illustrator used a tapir as the main character. I can't say as I've ever seen one of those in children's fiction before.  I loved the way the story highlights the strengths of Tapir's friends and how Tapir struggles to find his own talent.  Tapir tries to write poetry like Giraffe and a story like Hippo, but he can't come up with any words. It isn't until he follows his own innate feelings that he finds a way to express his appreciate for the beauty around him and his feelings for his friends. How many of us try to be as good at different things as our friends rather than developing the natural abilities God's given us? A sweet story with delightfully expressive illustrations. Highly recommended.


  1. Funny - just this week we were working on a book list for jungle/rainforest animals, and my assistant quipped that he couldn't understand why we didn't have any books on tapirs. I'll have to order this one and leave it on his desk!


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