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Product Description

Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. Her father’s always much 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 the gorilla she gets 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 whisks her off on a magical trip to the zoo! A touching and highly imaginative tale of a lonely girl whose dreams finally come true, written and illustrated by a former Children’s Laureate.

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

“Joyous and moving… A tour de force.” The Times

“A picture book of great originality and power… Full of poignant touches and witty visual jokes.” Books for Keeps

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781406313277

Lexile measure

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.6; Lower years; 0.5 points

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  • 32 pages
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New

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Author/Illustrator

Anthony Browne

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Anthony 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 at sports, I would probably have been bullied.”

After he left school, Anthony studied graphic design and then went on to paint the insides of people’s bodies for medical textbooks. He found this fascinating, but after three years found that the work was becoming repetitive (“if you’ve seen one stomach operation, you’ve seen ‘em all!”) and instead began designing greetings cards. This in turn led him to illustrating children’s books – his book Gorilla began life as a picture on a birthday card. Anthony lives in Kent and has two grown-up children.

Gorillas feature in many of Anthony’s books. He says, “I am fascinated by them and the contrast they represent – their huge strength and gentleness. They’re thought of as being very fierce creatures and they’re not.” Anthony’s illustrations also reveal his love of the Surrealist painters, whose pictures often depict strange, dreamlike scenes (look out for all the disguised bananas hidden in Anthony’s books!). When Anthony first has an idea for a picture book, he says, “it’s a strange combination of story and images. Deciding what will be illustrated on the pages of a book is like deciding on the scenes of a film.” Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award (three times). In 2000, he received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to children’s literature – the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956.

Anthony was also Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011.

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  1. Pearl 113298

    Hawthornclassyear12
    on 4 February 2014

    I loved this book very much! It is really good. I loved the gorilla and Hannah! It was funny.

    Miss Foster

    5out of 5
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    Beijing
    on 12 March 2013

    I thought this was a brilliant book. I read it to my class and they were captivated by the mysterious pictures. They especially loved the strange gorillas in the background. Anthony Browne is now our favourite author!

    5out of 5
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    TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013

    hannah was a nice character. i really enjoyed this!

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    Partyfairy123
    on 4 March 2012

    I like it when the toy gorilla comes to life and they go to the zoo. Then the daddy says let’s go to the zoo.

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    angelslater
    on 2 March 2012

    this book as a really nice ending and a very sweet story about a girl and her love for gorillas

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    Cupcake03baby
    on 24 May 2011

    I like this book because it is so exciting. And I loved it