October 2008 Indie Next List
“A beautifully told story of a sad, lonely gorilla living in a zoo. Using sign language, he tells his keepers, 'I want a friend,' and the zookeepers give him a little kitten to care for. The illustrations express clear emotion in this perfect read for young children about friendship.”
— Kristi Tiedt, Butterfly Books, De Pere, WI
This is the story of a very special gorilla, which learned to communicate with his hands. If he wants something he can ask for it using special hand signs. This gorilla has everything and yet he is sad. One day he asks his security guards to get him a friend. That is how little Beauty comes into his life. Soon she will become his best friend and both will do anything to stay together.
About the Author
Anthony Browne is one of the most distinguished children's book illustrators working today. He has written and/or illustrated many books for children, including changes, willy's pictures, voices in the park, and the best-selling zoo, for which he was awarded England's Kate Greenaway Medal. Most recently, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. He lives in Kent, England, with his wife and two children.
Theresa Mlawer is a widely respected translator and the president of Lectorum Publications, the largest distributor in the United States of children's books in Spanish.