________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 2 . . . . September 16, 2016


Still a Gorilla!

Kim Norman. Illustrated by Chad Geran.
New York, NY: Orchard Books (Distributed in Canada by Scholastic Canada), 2016.
32 pp., hardcover, $21.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-75791-1.

Subject Headings:
Gorilla-Juvenile fiction.
Zoo animals-Juvenile fiction.
Identity (Psychology)-Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Alison Schroeder.

**** /4



If Willy's teeth grow wrong

(a foot too long!),

will Willy be a walrus?

Will he?


Still a Gorilla!

Still a Gorilla! is the story of a young gorilla in a zoo who wants to try out being all of the different animals. He tries to become a lion, an alligator and a kangaroo, among others. He puts on leaves and fruit to try and look like the other animals, and he imitates their behaviour. But in the end, Willy discovers that he is silly, but still a gorilla.

      This book is well-written and uses a bit of a rhyme scheme throughout. It is rhythmic and would be appealing to young kids. It conveys the lesson that, even if you pretend to be someone else, you can only be yourself. Whenever Willy tries out another animal's behaviour, he either looks silly or gets hurt.

      The illustrations in this story are bright and beautiful, with large areas of solid colour that would catch the attention of young children. The text in the book also uses some colour to emphasize certain phrases and might engage kids just learning to read to join in with an adult reading the book.

Highly Recommended.

Alison Schroeder, a resident of Winnipeg, MB, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and is a lover of children's books.

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