From the Publisher
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2010:
"As he has done in previous titles, Schindel effortlessly introduces delicious vocabulary in his terse, four-word rhyming couplets. ...Another standout."
Review, Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book (online), December 2010:
"... kept me smiling from the moment I saw the whimsical photograph on its cover until I reached the last endearing picture on the back cover."
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
On the first page there is an introductory question asking what busy gorillas do, and then on each subsequent page there is an up-close photo of a gorilla with two or three words of text. That two or three word text is consistently predictable and matches the photograph, such as gorilla laughing or gorilla yawning. In some cases the action of the gorilla will be clear to the young reader, but the text may express the action in a word that is new to the reader such as gripping instead of holding or shoving instead of pushing. This clever use of vocabulary will enrich the reader's vocabulary and provide opportunities to discuss the actions shown on each page with an adult reading partner. Readers will be delighted by this small simple book about gorillas because it will be completely accessible to them, and it will serve as a great introduction to the joys of reading and discovery about the world. Reviewer: Susan Borges
Bright, brown eyes peer out of a furry face that takes up the entire cover, beckoning readers. Within, adult and baby gorillas can be seen laughing, dashing, clinging, swinging, yawning and gnawing. As he has done in previous titles (Busy Chickens, 2008, Busy Birdies, 2009, both with photographs by Steven Holt), Schindel effortlessly introduces delicious vocabulary in his terse, four-word rhyming couplets. And, as before, the text is paired with breathtaking photographs, here from Rouse. Intimate close-ups of winsome baby faces and blurred, movement-filled action photos combine with more standard longshots of our primate cousins. Playfully active text (clowning smiles, and frowning droops) and vivid color-block backgrounds help to keep the necessarily limited palette (gorilla gray and jungle green) sparkling. Another standout. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)
Read an Excerpt
Busy, busy gorillas.
What are they doing?