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Gorilla: 30th Anniversary Edition    by Anthony Browne order for
by Anthony Browne
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Hooray! This Anthony Browne classic is back in print to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Named The Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review when it first appeared, this is the story of a little girl who loves gorillas.

Unfortunately, Hannah has never seen a living example of her favorite animal and her father is too busy to take her to the zoo. Then, on her birthday, something extraordinary occurs to Hannah and her wish is granted.

This is a wonderful story with detailed illustrations (take a careful look at some of the little things that are easy to miss the first time through the book) that will also have a subtle message for some older readers. Perhaps Hannah doesn't realize it, but she is living with a gorilla of sorts and just doesn't know it! (At least, that's my interpretation, and I'm sticking with it!)

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