FollettBound Sewn Candlewick Press, c2008, p2010
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Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 1.9
AR 1.9 LG .5 125579EN; F&P I


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When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2010
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-80481-2 (originally 0-7636-4967-8)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-80481-7 (originally 978-0-7636-4967-8)
  • Follett Number: 0212AF3
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 1.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 1.9
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 125579EN
  • Fountas & Pinnell: I

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 10/01/08
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 10/15/08
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/09
  • Publishers Weekly, 10/13/08
  • School Library Journal starred, 11/01/08
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (October 1, 2008 (Vol. 105, No. 3))
Preschool-Grade 3. As in Willy and Hugh (1991) and many other animal fantasies, Browne once again tells a picture-book story with exquisitely detailed art that blends magic and realism. Full-page pictures in pencil and watercolor show a gorilla seated in a floral armchair watching TV with his mug of tea and a hamburger. The ape’s human keepers have taught him sign language, and when he signs that he is lonely, they give him a small white kitten. He names her Beauty, and the two bond in bliss. He holds her in the palm of his hand and feeds her milk and honey. The cover shows Beauty perched on the gorilla’s head, and one delightful spread shows him on the toilet, her using the litter box (They did everything together.). Then, in a fury after seeing a King Kong movie on TV, the gorilla smashes the set. The keepers come to take Beauty away after the outburst, but when Beauty signs that she broke the TV, everyone laughs at her improbable claim, the mood lightens, and the friends live happily ever after. With the beautiful close-up views of each hair on the gorilla’s furry body, his gentle eyes and soft hands, and then the sudden uncontrollable anger that all kids fear—in themselves and others—this is the stuff of Beauty and the Beast, as terrifying as it is tender.

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