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Just the Thing!
     

Just the Thing!

by Damian Harvey, Lynne Chapman (Illustrator)
 

Big Gorilla has a hard-to-scratch itch right in the middle of his back! The other animals offer suggestions, but nothing seems to work. In fact, their advice makes his problem even worse! Where can a gorilla find just the thing to soothe an itch? The answer may be closer than he thinks!

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Big Gorilla has a hard-to-scratch itch right in the middle of his back! The other animals offer suggestions, but nothing seems to work. In fact, their advice makes his problem even worse! Where can a gorilla find just the thing to soothe an itch? The answer may be closer than he thinks!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
All 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.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-While the premise of this tale is quite simple, its execution makes it worthy of consideration for most picture-book collections. Big Gorilla can't reach the mighty big itch on his back, so Mama Gorilla encourages him to seek out a scratching tree outside where he won't disturb slumbering Little Gorilla. The gummy tree doesn't assuage the itch, but worsens it instead. On the advice of a passing warthog, Big Gorilla next tries a mud bath. Once again, the cure is almost worse than the condition. His itch continues to worsen as Big Gorilla tries a number of remedies suggested by fellow jungle inhabitants. It's not until the great ape returns home that he discovers that the youngest family member had the solution all along. Wonderful comic illustrations featuring goggle-eyed critters and highlighted by vibrant coloration add significantly to the humor and sweetness of this silly story. Sure to be a hit at story hours.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780769643007
Publisher:
Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Series:
Just the Thing! Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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