Hannah’s longing to spend time with her father is embedded within every page of her fantastic night-time adventure, just as gorillas were present on each page leading up to her birthday. The circular notion of beginnings, endings and what happens in between adds to the dream-like feel of Gorilla.
On the other hand, Anthony Browne’s detailed illustrations of primates are so lifelike that their fur looks touchable. I was tempted to try and tickle the monkey’s whiskers and the orang-utan was definitely huggable.
A gentle wisdom awaits in Gorilla as well as some very lifelike primates. Those who love tales about family and relationships will treasure Gorilla, as will animal lovers.
Author/ Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Walker Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2013 30th Anniversary Edition
For ages: 2 +
Type: Picture Book