Walton, Rick Girl & Gorilla Out and About, illustrated by Joe Berger. PICTURE BOOK. Harper, 2016. $18. Content: G.
A girl and her gorilla want to go to the park to play. Gorilla, however, has elaborate plan after elaborate plan fro how they should get there, and is increasingly agitated when things don’t work out the way he wants them to. Girl, however, also has a plan to distract her worried friend.
Such a sweet book and the illustrations are the perfect compliment to the text. Many adults will either recognize themselves or little friends in Gorilla. In fact, In his bio at the back of the book, Rick says that the book is auto-biographical and that he is gorilla. This will be fun to share as a read aloud. Kids could come up with other crazy plans to get to the park, or you could use it as a springboard to talk about anxiety and how to cope when plans are changed.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library teacher