THE CLOSET GORILLA by Frances Ward Weller

THE CLOSET GORILLA

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Ben's family has an excellent tradition: ``half the fun of Halloween is using your imagination with whatever's in the closet.'' A Tarzan costume is easy: his leopard-spotted bathing suit and an old sheepskin rug. But where to get an ape? The baby's ``white plush monkey with a pink nose and strained carrots on one ear'' seems inadequate. Ben hopes Great-uncle Hugo, an actor, can help--and so he does, materializing at the last moment in full gorilla gear and even scaring off the neighborhood bullies. Not every boy has such a colorful uncle, and this one's appearance rather undermines the theme of creative making do; but Weller narrates with such wit and good sense that readers won't mind. Smith's deftly scribbled line and muted Halloween colors provide the perfect low-key accompaniment to a satisfying story. (Picture book. 5-8)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-02-792531-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1991




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