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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744594391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744594393
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.1 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, for his services to children's literature - the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956. He is the present Children's Laureate.

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Hannah's father never seems to have time for her and so she is often left alone and lonely. She loves gorillas and longs for one for her birthday. On the night before her birthday she wakes up to find a parcel, containing a toy gorilla, by her bed. Disappointed she goes back to sleep. Later that night though, something magical happens--a real gorilla appears and takes her on a magical journey.

This book won Anthony Browne both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award and has become a classic picture book to be enjoyed on many levels by children of all ages. --Philippa Reece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

Joyous and moving... A tour de force. -- The Times Literary Supplement

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 24 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I would like to reply to some of the negative reviews. It seems to me that the critics appear unaware of the importance of fantasy in helping children make sense of the world. Very young children need to feel that the world is safe and that they are completely secure. But gradually and sensitively we have to introduce them to the reality that difficulties, struggles and suffering are there too. And not only 'out there' but also inside themselves. Don't forget that at 2 years old (the terrible twos) your child is struggling with the need for safety and securtity versus their need to become independent and assert their will. This can lead to a lot of frustration and rage that is perfectly normal and healthy - but can be rather frightening to the child (not to mention exhuasting for the parents!) Fantasy stories are a way for a child to symbolically explore such concepts (but never tell them this!) Their own anger appears in stories as ugly monsters, thwarting real-life parents are nasty giants and so on.

Most children probably fantasise about tiptoeing out of the house and going on an adventure. They would actually never do it - but they like to explore the idea of freedom from controlling parents. As for the teacher who binned this book - presumably you veto Little Red Riding Hood on the grounds that children shouldn't be encouraged to wander the forest alone???

Yes, Hannah is sad and neglected - and of course *you* never neglect your child. Are you telling me that you've ALWAYS given your child 100% immediate attention? Of course not. But those times when you're too busy to pay attention and say "Not now, darling, in a minute" feels like deep neglect to a child! You can see that it's a perfectly reasonable request, but the child may not.

To me, this story is very good way into some of the difficulties of life. I would recommend it as just one of a varied reading diet for your kids.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Allan on 18 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my daughter many years ago and she loved it, as did her first born who loved it so much that he carried it around with him in his buggy. Unfortunately a gust of wind blew it into the road where it was run over and that was the end of the book. So now I've just re-bought the book for my second grandson. He's two and he also loves it.

The illustrations are superb and we all enjoy finding the gorillas that are 'hidden' in the pages. As for the story itself, the girl is sad at the beginning of the book, then has a lot of fun when her toy gorilla turns into a real gorilla and then it all ends happily. It's only a few pages long and reading some of the reviews below I think some adults are reading far too much into it.

If you think this book is too traumatic for children then I suggest you avoid Not Now, Bernard (A Sparrow book) as it is a tale of a boy neglected by his parents and who then ends up being eaten by a monster. It's all very humorous and we all love that book too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 23 Jun 2010
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A girl named Hannah wants to go to the zoo on her birthday becuase she has never
been to the zoo in her life. Hannah went to bed one day and she had a toy Gorilla
near her bed. Well when she went to sleep the toy Gorilla turned into a real one.
I think this book is magnificant, brilliant, fantastic, sad and unhappy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CB on 22 Jun 2009
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A sad little girl, whose father works too hard to spend time with her, is taken out by a gorilla. This is such a beautifully illustrated story that it will appeal even to children who are beginning to outgrow picture books. The pictures are expressive and full of jokes, and the story is sad, exciting and happy by turns. The point where the toy gorilla grows into a real one had my six year old niece shivering with excitement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Perkinson on 10 Oct 2007
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My 22 month old son loves all his Anthony Browne books and this is certainly no exception. His books are wonderfully illustrated with immense detail which has you and your child seeing something different with every turn of the page. This also has a dark and somewhat sad side to the story but like his other books these themes always seem to strike a chord of truth which is refreshing.

A wonderful addition to any child's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yogimum on 28 May 2011
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WOnderful book , the pictures are amazing, the detail is clever and interesting , the text is simple and not overpowering, an honest story and my 2 year old asked for it twice tonight , she points at the pictures and the eyes and the noses and we talk about it - lovely book - go the primates!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SW4reviewer on 3 Feb 2011
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Both my kids, aged 2 and 5, love this book. The illustrations are stunning and the story is very sweet and fantastical. I don't really understand the negative reviews as children love fantasy! Really enjoyable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 23 Jun 2010
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This tells the story of a little girl who wants to go and see a Gorilla. Her dad won't take her to the zoo. I think this book is fantastic because it's got lots of brilliant pictures.
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