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One Gorilla: A Counting Book

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763663520
Hardcover Price: $16.99

From the first gorilla who almost dares readers to turn the page, to the ten wild and crazy lemurs, Browne's expertly delivered watercolor portraits are far more than the subtitle, A Counting Book, signals.

From the dignified to the humorous, each animal is given distinct features and personality. Browne's art shapes expressive eyes that challenge, beckon, and captivate. Some faces depict the kindness and wisdom of age, others are all ears in anticipation of what's around and what's to come. A skeptical glance, the cock of a head, a slightly different snout, or difference in hair pattern. The baboons seem mischievous , the colobus monkeys about to discuss aches and pains.

Who does Browne most resemble? Who do you?

Claire Green   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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