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Gorilla

by Anthony Browne

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by Walker Books Ltd (2008-03-08)

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A stunning new edition of the classic picture book by a Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner. Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens ... the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo...

One Potato Review

Anthony Browne is one weird dude if his books are any indication: Backgrounds come palpably frozen, almost eery, primates are always dropping in unexpectedly, and story lines are very often inscrutable. In a business - and a genre - increasingly allergic to taking risks, he is to be congratulated for his eccentricities, but they don’t always make for easy reading. Browne appears to reining in some of his wackier impulses in this one (though you still find yourself asking Why a gorilla?) and the result is an entirely accessible, slightly off-kilter little fable about a girl, her work-addled Dad, and the fantasies she cooks up to replace him. For a while anyway. Complete with happy ending.     

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