Gorillas in Our Midst

FAIRGRAY, Richard & . illus. by Richard Fairgray. 32p. Sky Pony. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781632206077; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9781632208378.
K-Gr 2—The conceit of this book is that gorillas have been hidden throughout history, disguised among humans and even perched right in front of our faces. But we might never know they were there, unless we happen to be carrying a banana. "Gorillas often get jobs that let them wear masks. Like a surgeon…or an astronaut…or a ninja…." The bold, comic-style illustrations will keep readers amused from page to page and searching for the next unexpected gorilla. Alternating between large spreads and single panels, the graphics are engaging, funny, and decidedly the best part of the book. This extremely silly story will be chewed up by kids faster than a banana is by a gorilla and will leave all ages feeling amused and looking for adventure.
VERDICT Ideal for reading aloud, this amusing title is sure to please.

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