Little Beauty (Hardcover)
This is the classic "gorilla meets and falls in love with an innocent creature only to drive said creature away with its fiery temper" story. However, the most impressive aspect of this book is not the storyline but the illustrations. As depicted by Browne, it is excruciatingly sad when the lonely, innocent-faced gorilla communicates, through sign language, "I want a friend." Browne has an incredible talent for capturing the raw emotion of loneliness -- and, eventually, joy, fear, and regret. At first Beauty, the kitten the gorilla wants to befriend, is a reluctant companion, but in no time the pair do everything together. Luckily the story has a happy twist at the end -- otherwise I don't think I would be able to look at the gorilla's honest face without tearing up. -- Elise Clarkson— From June 2011
"Luscious, creamy pages provide contrast for the large, well-spaced font and the dark furry figure... Children will chuckle as they view the pair doing everything together...Browne's exquisite interpretation of a real life gorilla is a welcome progression." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, LITTLE BEAUTY is a celebration of a most surprising friendship.
About the Author
Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY. He lives in Kent, England.
No one renders primates with more faithful detail or surreal humanity than Browne.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Luscious, creamy pages provide contrast for the large, well-spaced font and the dark furry figure… Children will chuckle as they view the pair doing everything together …Browne’s exquisite interpretation of a real life gorilla is a welcome progression.
—School Library Journal (starred review)