A very beautiful, underrated, and highly recommended illustrated novel by Terryl Whitlatch, who is best known as one of the key concept artists who worked on ''StarWars''. She designed many of the incidental characters. The book may be her way of saying, "No, I Did Not Make That Up" by depicting the very real creatures who inspired her.

The story is set in a world populated entirely by {{Intellectual Animal}}s. Katook is a young Ring-Tailed Lemur who ventures to a forbidden area of his once-idyllic island home that is now in the grip of a famine. Learning a dark and terrible secret, and forever singled out by the deity of his people, he is banished by the tribal elders and ventures across the sea in search of other lemurs. Instead, he finds a wide variety of monkey tribes, each with differing opinions of Katook's destiny. He finds fierce, frightening creatures. And he finds Quigga, a conceited Quagga who gradually accepts the little primate first as a traveling companion and finally as an equal. Katook eventually receives a message from his god, returns to save his tribe, and good times are had by all.

The artwork in the novel is ''unbelievable''. The story... is a [[ClicheStorm perfect storm]] of {{The Heros Journey}} Tropes and AnimalTropes. It's still cool to look at.
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!!Tropes used include:
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny - I mean, damn those illustrations are amazing...
* BambooTechnology - Mostly. There's a bit of SchizoTech too in the form of a projector that is a fairly important plot point and in offhand mentions of metalwork and such.
* CarnivoreConfusion - And talk about confusing...
* CrystalDragonJesus - The allegory is obvious.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance - Katook meets five other tribes of monkeys, each with their own philosophy and ways of life. Considering that lemurs are just about the only primates that could be considered pacifists, much culture-clashing ensues.
* DoingInTheWizard - Actually forms part of the denoument.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys - Writ large.
* FurryConfusion - Od Ashud actually has this as a cultural trait. If you are any species other than a Golden Monkey, you're treated as a pet. Or worse.
* GeorgeLucas
* GiantFlyer - Of the few birds who ascend beyond the ranks of background characters, most are fierce flying predators.
* HorseOfADifferentColor - Quigga, being an extinct species of zebra, plays this trope straight in the most literal manner. Also there are antelopes, mastodons, glyptodonts, ad infinitum.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MisplacedWildlife - There are animals from every continent ''and'' geological era mixing it up in the world of Katurrah... which is fictional, so this is actually justified.
* MostWritersAreHuman - Or, rather, Most Writers Are Primates.
* ShownTheirWork - Aside from the legendary army of fantastic monsters, there is only one fictional animal in the whole of the book. You'll just have to take her word for it. That said, [[ScienceMarchesOn some prehistoric animal depictions are a bit outdated]].
* SmallNameBigEgo - Quigga is not only [[AttentionWhore quite]] [[{{Pride}} vain]], but fancies himself an exemplary scout despite having no sense of direction.
* SpiritWorld
* UhOhEyes - The book subverts the SupernaturalGoldEyes variety, as gold is a perfectly normal eye color for lemurs. It's Katook's ''blue'' eyes that [[CreepyBlueEyes make him a freak]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain
* WalkingTheEarth
* WhereItAllBegan
* TheWorldTree
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