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Children's LiteratureAll of the jungle animals offer Big Gorilla remedies for his terrible itch, the one right in the middle of his back where even gorilla arms can't reach. First his wife suggests a scratching tree and Big Gorilla tries to subdue that pesky itch "scritching and scratching" up against Mama Gorilla's favorite scratching spot. "He rubbed and he scraped. He scrunched and he scootched" but his "itch was worse than before." So the pattern of this hilarious book is established with each additional animal suggesting "just the thing" to tame the annoying itch. Each idea seems perfect to the creature offering the sure fire cure, but each time Big Gorilla is disappointed that the itch is "worse than before." He tries warthog's method of wallowing in the mud, lion's plan for rolling in the grass, and elephant's prescription of rubbing up against an old ant hill. Too bad for Big Gorilla that the one he picks is still occupied by an army of biting ants! After all of his efforts Big Gorilla is still plagued by the unending itch; and, giving up, he flops upon his bed in abject misery. Up until this point Baby Gorilla has been napping but now he is ready to play. He jumps gleefully upon Big Gorilla's back and begins to wiggle and wriggle and scirtch and scratch until Big Gorilla groans with relief. "Son, you're just the thing for a gorilla with an itch!" The wonderful alliteration and playful language of this "monkey business" story is perfectly suited to the fabulously expressive illustrations. Big Gorilla goes cross-eyed with delight as his son provides the relief he has been seeking. This is a perfect story for Father's Day and, of course, anyone who has ever experienced "a pesky itch." 2005, Gingham DogPress/School Specialty Children's Publishing, Ages 2 to 6.