Wednesday, August 3

Still a Gorilla

Still a Gorilla
Written by Kim Norman, illustrated by Chad Geran

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-0545757911
Publisher: Orchard Books
Date of publication: July 26, 2016
Age: 3 - 6 years
Format: library book

Themes: animals, zoo, identity, imitations

Willy the Gorilla wonders if he can be another animal. What if he roars like a lion? Or swims like a walrus? Or jumps like a kangaroo? Nope, still a gorilla! It never works out, but just when Willy is beginning to fell disappointed, he finds a way to embrace who he really is.

Repetitive storyline, adorably illustrated animal antics, a dash of humor—yep, it's another sure-fire storytime winner! There is (some) rhyming text (a little odd that it's not the whole book, but it still lends itself to easy reading aloud) and the illustrations are bright and bold. Willy is particularly adorable, even when things don't go as planned. I'm not overly wowed by it, but I would definitely have this on hand for an animal storytime or an animal-loving toddler.

Reminded me of I Don't Want to Be a Frog and Ribbit! or even There Is a Tribe of Kids.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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