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Gorilla! Gorilla!
     

Gorilla! Gorilla!

by Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
 

Baby mouse is missing! Mother mouse can't find him anywhere.

And then, to make matters worse — a big, scary gorilla charges out of the rainforest!

Will mother mouse escape the gorilla? And where is her baby?

Jeanne Willis's rhythmic text and Tony Ross's playful illustrations enliven this suspenseful chase.

Overview

Baby mouse is missing! Mother mouse can't find him anywhere.

And then, to make matters worse — a big, scary gorilla charges out of the rainforest!

Will mother mouse escape the gorilla? And where is her baby?

Jeanne Willis's rhythmic text and Tony Ross's playful illustrations enliven this suspenseful chase.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Before the story begins, we meet Baby Mouse, pacifier tight in mouth, with his anxious mother next to his empty stroller on the opposite page. For he has "gone missing," and she sets off to find him. Up the mountain and around the rainforest she searches desperately. Suddenly an enormous gorilla rears up in front of her, bellowing "Stop!" Fearing he will "...mince me and mash me, And crunch me up for lunch," she runs away, first all the way to China, repeating her cry, with the gorilla after her. When she reaches America, he is catching up. Again she cries for help, and again he bellows "Stop!" This time she runs to Australia, still squeaking her cry for help, then on to the Arctic, with the gorilla still in pursuit. When she is too tired to run any more, the frightening gorilla comes closer and closer...only to deliver her baby safely to her. She is glad then to let the kind fellow take them safely home. Ross manages to keep the imaginative visual tale lighthearted while creating a frightening gorilla and filling the front of the jacket. By contrast, his pastel scenes are rather gentle. They offer only hints of the geographic locations, like a Chinese pagoda and panda or an Australian koala. The mouse's frantic dashing about in her old-fashioned dress adds to the comic excitement.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While searching for her lost baby, a mouse is chased by a "great, big, hairy, scary ape!" The gorilla follows her from the rainforest to China, to America, to Australia, and even to the Arctic, yelling, "Stop!" all the way. But the mouse keeps on running, exclaiming again and again, "Help! Help! He'll catch me!/He'll squash me and scratch me,/He'll mince me and mash me,/And crunch me up for lunch!" Young readers will guess what the mother mouse, in her terror, can't see-that the seemingly fierce gorilla is simply trying to return her baby to her. The brief, lively text and the melodramatic refrain make for a humorous and boisterous read-aloud. Ross's bright pastel illustrations capture the mouse's fear and the gorilla's determination with verve. This deceptively simple, satisfying tale is sure to be a storytime hit, and it subtly conveys a great message about prejudices to boot.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This colorful work, rendered in pastels, is another collaboration between the team that made readers laugh at Tadpole's Promise (2005). Here the subject is the suspenseful chase of a mother mouse by a killer gorilla as she searches for her lost baby. The refrain, "Help! Help! He'll catch me! / He'll squash me and scratch me, / He'll mince me and mash me, / And crunch me up for lunch!" is heard throughout as she travels around the world with the gorilla close behind. Ross cleverly introduces a variety of countries, landscapes and transportation, while portraying humorous situations of the native animals. In China, a panda is eating his bamboo dinner with chopsticks, and a chipmunk wearing a ten-gallon hat appears in western America. The expression of the gorilla is especially sweet as he presents the mother mouse with her baby in the Arctic and asks from whom she is running. Utterly embarrassed, she allows the gorilla to carry both her and the baby back home to the rainforest, gently teaching the folly of a rush to judgment. Illustrations are ideal for group readings. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416914907
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis is the author of many books for children, including Tadpole's Promise, I Hate School, I Want to Be a Cowgirl, and the popular Professor Xargle series, all illustrated by Tony Ross. Ms. Willis lives with her husband and children in London, England.

Tony Ross has illustrated over 2,000 books that are published all over the world. He has won awards in Holland, Japan, Germany, the United States, France, and the UK. He lives in Rutland, the smallest county in England.

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