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Gorilla (original 1983; edition 2008)

by Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)

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Member:trisweather
Title:Gorilla
Authors:Anthony Browne
Other authors:Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
Info:Walker (2008), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, children's book, picture book
Rating:*****
Tags:købt til iBbY 2012, signeret

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Gorilla by Anthony Browne (1983)

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Hannah loved gorillas. She loved reading about them, looking at films about them, and drawing them. Unfortunately, her hard-working and rather distant father never seemed to have the time to take her to the zoo to see them live. He was always busy working in the evenings, or too tired at the weekend. Then, on the night before her birthday, Hannah dreams that the toy gorilla her father has given her comes to life and takes her on a magical night-time trip to the zoo, the movies, and a restaurant. It's a wonderful experience, but no more wonderful than her father's offer, the next day, to go to the zoo together...

Originally published in 1983, and then reprinted in this 30th Anniversary Edition, featuring new cover art drawn by author/artist Anthony Browne, Gorilla is a Kate Greenaway Medal winner, and a classic of modern British picture-books. It offers a sensitive and ultimately heartwarming depiction of a lonely young girl who longs, not just to see some live gorillas, but to connect with her seemingly uncaring father. The satisfaction of both of those desires makes for an immensely engaging reading experience, one that features an enchanting dream sequence - or is it a dream? - and an equally engaging "real life" story-line. The artwork, done in watercolor, is intensely engaging, capturing the emotional trajectory of the story perfectly. The use of light and shadow is particularly adept, as is the range of expressions on Hannah's face. Recommended to young gorilla lovers, and to anyone looking for children's stories about dreams, birthdays, and father-daughter relationships. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 24, 2017 |
Read for dropbox assignment, posted on October 23. ( )
  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
hannah's daddy worked all the time and hannah asked for a real gorilla for her birthday. on her birthday she just received a toy gorilla but the next morning, it turned into a real live gorilla. the gorilla took her all over the town (dressed as a human) and had a wonderful day together.
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  TUCC | Sep 2, 2016 |
Haunting and lovely.  Very typically Browne - fans will not be disappointed.  New fans will be made.  Be sure to look at the details in the backgrounds, and don't rush through this. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Thirty years old and still an endearing delight. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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You know you're in for a special treat when you see the witty background detail of the book's cover illustration; there's King Kong smashing biplanes and a freighter full of bananas silhouetted against the night skyline of a Magritte-like town. And the promise is more than fulfilled by this unassumingly complex story of a reconciliation between humanity and beast.
 
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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.
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Neglected by her busy father, a lonely young girl receives a toy gorilla for her birthday and together they take a miraculous trip to the zoo.
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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.

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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.… (more)

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