It takes the facility of the prolific Syd Hoff to endow an enormous, stubbled gorilla with the elegance of an international dignitary. But this is the nature of Julius, an animal who willingly accompanies the Safari-going Smiths--Davy and his father--back to civilization and the circus. His is a complacent enough captivity, with one brief exception. Syd Hoff's cartoon illustrations of Julius and his coterie are at once subtle and hilarious, containing a unique blend of bland absurdity taken to the point of irresistible nonsense. A simple, well chosen vocabulary introduces the urbane Julius to the very early reader.