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Little Beauty [Paperback]

Anthony Browne
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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6 April 2009
A very special gorilla is taught a very special skill: sign language. He appears to have everything he needs, but one day he signs that he is sad and needs a friend. His keepers bring him a tiny cat called Beauty and the two of them become inseparable. But when the gorilla gets angry and causes damage to the TV, will his keepers think him unfit to be friends with such a small, defenceless animal? Not if Beauty can think fast and prove what a special friendship they share...

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406319309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406319309
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,203 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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"* "One of the best picture books for the over-threes I've seen in a long time." Parents on Gorilla"

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The heart-warming tale of a gorilla and his tiny friend, from the master picturebook-maker.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A LESSON IN FRIENDSHIP FOR YOUNGSTERS 13 Oct 2008
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Few can resist the art of Anthony Browne. His name on the cover guarantees sales to a multitude of parents, grandparents and doting aunts and uncles. His art is often times larger than life as is his skill in blending watercolors with stories that not only appeal to children but also often reflect feelings familiar to them.

Little Beauty is the charming story of a very unlikely friendship between a gorilla and a very small kitten named Beauty. The gorilla was extraordinary because he had been taught to use a sign language, thus he was able to tell his keepers what he wanted. He seemed to be quite comfortable with accouterment that other gorillas might only dream about. Nonetheless, he was very sad.

His keepers were puzzled until one day he signed to them, "I want a friend." They wondered what could be done as there were no other gorillas at the zoo. So, they gave him Beauty saying, "Don't Eat Her." Well, the gorilla loved Beauty, and this is the story of their friendship , as well as an excellent opportunity for youngsters to be reminded of the meaning of loyalty, protection, and love.

- Gail Cooke
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 8 Feb 2009
Both I & my granddaughter (2) love this book. It is very touching & teaches many things simply & effectively, about friendship, loyalty, care for other's feelings, how to 'read' other's feelings and so on, and the illustrations are superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little beauty very special book 9 April 2010
I'm italian and I'm reading some english book to my little child.
This book is very simple to read and the images are so beatiful!
The story is sweet and it's about a big friendship!
I reccomend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a 'Little Beauty' 28 July 2010
By Tricia
Words are for people who can't read pictures! The illustrations in this book are excellent, telling the story beautifully by themselves, the text complimenting them or is it vice versa? The book generated lots of discussion, especially about emotions, and my granddaughter, aged 4,and I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not all his books are disturbing 6 Mar 2010
After stumbling on Gorilla by Anthony Browne and being totally shocked by what I found I went in search of more of his work to see if my opinion of our new childrens laureate would change. Are all his childrens book dark scary and disturbing ?

Well this book was a pleasant surprise. A lonely Gorilla gets a kitten for company and friendship and after breaking the tv in a temper the kitten takes the blame so they can stay together. A take on King Kong with illustrations that blew me away and providing lots of points for discussion on friendship and unselfish behaviour. This one gets a thumbs up from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 14 Aug 2009
By Doris
Again Anthony Browne has produced another wonderful book in Little Beauty, a story about a gorilla who is given a kitten because he is sad and wants a friend.
The book exposes the reader to the meaning of friendship, loyalty and love. As with other Anthony Browne books the illustrations work in perfect harmony with the written prose.
A lovely bedtime story which would also be a wonderful gift for any young child. I certainly enjoy reading it to my children again and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 Dec 2011
By guntha
This book is lovely. The illustrations are beautiful and provokes such strong emotions. Read to reception class and they enjoyed it very much. Lead to much discussion about friendship and feelings
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5.0 out of 5 stars little beauty 20 Jun 2010
By kaz
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an excellent colourful book to read to small children and for older children to read themselves.
lovely story and very funny expressions on the gorillas face.
highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
This Anthony Browne is a gift when discussing friendships with young children and what they mean. The characters are well chosen.
Published 6 months ago by Chesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Browne Book
What an excellent book! Anthony Browne is one of our favorite family authors now. We would like to collect all this series now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deanna L. Melin
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing content
I wonder of the author is so acclaimed. The illustrations are good, but hey, content wise thus story is disturbing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by FairR
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute or what?
A lovely bedtime book for tiddlers. My grandchild loves it; loves all cats anyway, but she adores Little Beauty especially.
Published 10 months ago by pouncer
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
A classic heartwarming tale with fab pictures. A favourite at bedtime. Shows friendship and sharing. Funny as well. Great gift
Published 15 months ago by claire hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
The illustrations tell the story! A lovely story about friendship and inclusion! A cleverly written story which takes you on a journey of friendship!
Published 16 months ago by Vicky Nagha
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
My little girl of three loves this book. It's short but brings a smile to my face every time. Excellent.
Published 18 months ago by claire Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon pay your tax!!!
This book is great for children and adults. The pictures are really lovely with lots of attention to detail. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel Kürbs
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY!
An instant heat with my 18 month old boy. We read it over and over again. Carefully illustrated and it tells the story in different depth to adults and children through the... Read more
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