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Gorilla by Anthony Browne (1983)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763618136, Hardcover)Anthony Browne’s incomparable artwork illuminates the deeply satisfying story of a lonely girl, a friendly gorilla, and their enchanted night out.
Hannah spends all of her time reading gorilla books, watching gorilla TV shows, and drawing gorilla pictures. She has gorillas on her bedside lamp
and even on her box of cereal. Hannah loves gorillas and longs to see a real one, but her father is always too busy - or too tired - to take her to the zoo. Then, on the night before her birthday, something extraordinary happens - and Hannah’s wish comes gloriously true.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:57 -0400)
Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens.
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