THE GORILLA IN THE HALL by Alice Schertle

THE GORILLA IN THE HALL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Akin to Gackenback's Whatzit in the basement (above), the gorilla that lurks in Jack's hall by the grandfather clock is just one more scary monster who disappears--""back home to the zoo, or to Jack's imagination, whichever it was""--when he's confronted. For when his scariest faces fail to frighten Jack, the gorilla is reduced to tears, and then to a cowering mass with thumb in mouth. What follows is even less inspired, with Jack teaching the gorilla that a smile feels much better than the other faces. And despite the gorilla's varied expressions and antics, Paul Galdone's pictures are as tame and uninvolving as the story.

Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 1977
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard