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PublisherWalker Books Ltd
Publication date7th October 2002
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Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as one or other is often guilty of not spending enough time with a child. (3-7)To find out more about this book CLICK HERE to visit the Carnegie Greenaway site
SynopsisGorilla by Anthony Browne
Endearing story about a little girl whose father never has time for her. She wishes for a (real) gorilla for her birthday but gets a soft toy one from daddy. Not being too pleased about this she tosses it aside before going to bed where it changes into a real live one during the night. The story goes on to tell how this gorilla takes the little girl out on an adventure for a birthday treat. Gorilla does all the things that a daddy should.
Reviews* One of the best picture books for the over-threes I've seen in a long time. Practical Parenting * Sad, joyous and full of surprises for the sharp-eyed... Browne asks his readers to think...His strong visual images are arresting, compulsive. The Good Book Guide * Joyous and moving... A tour de force.
About The Author
Children's Laureate 2009 - 2011.
A firm favourite with children and adults alike, Anthony Browne has won many prizes for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000 for his services to children’s literature – the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956. In his role as the Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011 he has inspired children of all ages to play the shape game! Anthony has written over 40 books and lives in Kent.
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