Why would adorable Willy want to be anything other than the gorilla he is?
At the city zoo, Willy the gorilla wants to be some other animal. “Maybe a lion? / If Willy strides outside and roars with pride, will Willy be a lion? / Will he? / No. Still a gorilla!” Willy tries to become a walrus, a billy goat, an alligator, and a kangaroo…but he’s always still a gorilla. But what if he tries to be all animals at the same time, mimicking every zoo-mate at once? “Will Willy be silly? / Yes! Willy will be silly. Very silly and… / STILL A GORILLA!” Norman’s tongue-twister–y text is nearly as much fun to read (after some practice) as Geran’s bold, bright, digital illustrations. Wide-eyed little Willy makes the lion laugh with his antics. He jams bananas in his mouth for tusks, imitating the walrus. He bumfuzzles himself head-butting the billy goat—all in a quest to be something other than he is. Toddlers will respond to the rhythmic, double-rhyming text as well as the desire to be more or different than they are. The humorous, affirmative ending (with Willy obviously happy being still a gorilla, though a silly one) is perfect.
A must. (Picture book. 2-6)