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WHEN GORILLA GOES WALKING by Nikki Grimes

WHEN GORILLA GOES WALKING

By Nikki Grimes (Author) , Shane Evans (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-439-31770-2
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

A young girl named Cecilia describes her affection and relationship with her cat, Gorilla, in short snappy poems. There are 19 in all, each one titled to set the scene for Gorilla’s many roles: feline nurse, wry boxer, phone-pouncer, paint-tracker, pin-the-tail target, bedmate, soul-food gourmand, tear-licker (when Cecilia’s best friend moves away), fly-chaser, guard cat—and ending with Cecilia proudly announcing, “I’m Gorilla’s human. Don’t ever forget!” Broadly shaped images in Alkyd paints, set against white backgrounds, spill over the pages and rely on their size rather than detailed bodies to define the drama of everyday events. Gorilla is gray and green-eyed, and Cecilia is brown-skinned with dreadlocks. Cat lovers will identify with all the feline traits and tricks, and the cat-girl sentiments are precisely on target. A great cover—a close-up of green-eyed, gray Gorilla’s head with tongue licking her chops—is sure to entice cat lovers everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)