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Written by Anthony Browne

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LoveReading View on Gorilla

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)

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Gorilla Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781406352337
Publication date: 07/10/2002
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406352337
Publication date: 7th October 2002
Author: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Anthony Browne

As a childAnthony grew up in a village called Hipperholme, in Yorkshire. He loved art and would spend hours drawing with his beloved father. He says of his father, “He was an unusual man – outwardly strong and confident, but also shy and sensitive – a bit like the gorillas I love to illustrate now. As well as drawing, he encouraged me to play a lot of sports, such as rugby and soccer and cricket. I was small for my age and I used to go to a fairly tough school – if I hadn’t been good ...

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