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This cheeky, bouncing, infectiously happy children's story about a big, strong, hairy gorilla not living up to his image is a pleasure to read aloud. To the shock of the other animals, who ridicule him mercilessly, Gordon proudly walks around with his security blanket. Full of energy and tenderness, the story explores bullying and teasing as well as strength and acceptance through amusing song-like refrains and colorful images.
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Lisa Shanahan is the author of the Sweetie May series and Bear and Chook. Wayne Harris is the designer and illustrator of more than 20 picture books, including House of Narcissus.
PreSchool-Grade 2–The zoo animals are excited because Gordon is coming. However, when the silverback gorilla arrives toting his baby blanket, he becomes a laughingstock. Even the "girls" (female gorillas) he is to live with refuse to pick his nits. When a baby gorilla falls into the moat, Gordon uses his snookie as a rope to rescue him and becomes a hero. The girls shower him with attention and the rest of the creatures get snookies of their own. Although Gordon is a sympathetic character, the narrative is uneven and overloaded with sound effects. While it may speak to gorilla social structure, the characterization of the machismo-obsessed females may strike some adult readers as sexist. This would not be a problem if the animals in the text and the art were not drawn with such broad anthropomorphic strokes. The digitally created illustrations are jumbled in style and blurry in execution. Gordon himself lacks the signature gray hair found on silverbacks. Stick with Anthony Browne's titles for stronger primate tales.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111865086908