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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405271957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405271950
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did!

It did not come easily. Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book. Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further. She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new 'Read Aloud' series. After many fierce arguments between Jill and her editor (recounted with relish and indignation to her bewildered family) the book we now know as The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up, came out, soon to be followed by The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home.

The next manuscript was produced in increasing physical difficulties, and had just been accepted when the cause of the difficulties was identified - multiple sclerosis. The book was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Thereafter every book was a battle. Writing became impossible. All her research - and each book about a young animal was meticulously researched - was done by the family in response to her persistent and often unanswerable questions. Not that you could guess all this from the finished product, where her sympathy and sense of humour overrides everything. Jill used to claim that she was unique in being an author who could neither read or write.

So long as she could speak clearly, Jill loved to read her stories to the children of friends and often, in her wheelchair, to classes in local schools. Her 'eek' when reading the Owl was something to be remembered! She said that stories about young animals could go straight to the emotional needs of young children, bypassing all barriers of class or colour.

Jill died, suddenly and unexpectedly, in hospital where she had gone for respite care whilst her husband was away from home. She was 45. But anyone who has read her books knows what she was like - bubbly and caring and irrepressible.

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About the Author

Jill Tomlinson Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer.  She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured.  But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children.  So she did! Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories are much-loved and have been best-selling children’s books for nearly four decades.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2001
Format: Paperback
A very enjoyable book, often funny that looks at the changing life stages through the eyes of a young male gorilla (Pongo). He learns about the differing roles of his family and the community in which he lives. Through play with his young sister (Whoopsie) and his friends he finds his future role in life which is to be the leader of the gorilla troop. A story that could be about any family with growing children in Britain today, that young children both enjoy reading and having read to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By melangell on 1 Jan 2012
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This book was the first of this length for my son to read from cover to cover by himself ... it was so good he didn't stop until he'd read the whole book in one sitting. Up until then it had been hard work getting him interested in reading anything longer than a couple of pages so this really was a major breakthrough. He laughed out loud and read bits out to me so that I could laugh too. We went on to get the whole series. All great, but soft spot for this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jess on 12 May 2013
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My son loves Jill Tominsons books! She is a great author. This book about the gorilla who wants to be just like his dad like many boys! So they can relate to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joyce linaker on 6 Jan 2013
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I purchased this at Christmas for my grandson then age 8 and he really enjoyed reading this well written book.
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