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- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (March 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2017
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKR4692
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Since age six, Priscilla has been fascinated by gorillas (she particularly likes that gorillas “always get their way”). Priscilla’s enthusiasm at inappropriate times results in her being “invited” to the class Thinking Corner. Things come to a head when Priscilla refuses to remove her gorilla outfit for the class picture, and soon her other classmates join her at the Thinking Corner in solidarity. Priscilla’s father points out that gorillas are known for helping one another and cooperating, and Priscilla, fortified by this new knowledge, is able to get back in the good graces of her teacher. All ends well with a class trip to the ape house at the zoo and a spontaneous gorilla dance. Emberley’s lively illustrations not only masterfully capture the activity and drama inherent in Bottner’s text, but also expand the personalities of the supporting characters, making them fully three dimensional. There is no villain here, just a clash of wills, showing that, like gorillas, we can all get along if we try. — Randall Enos (Booklist January 1, 2017)
In a funny, empathic, and refreshingly unsentimental take on childhood, the team behind Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) and other titles introduces Priscilla, a gorilla obsessed first grader. Priscilla’s passion goes far beyond a mastery of fun facts: gorillas “always get their way,” she tells her mother, and this perceived ability to call the shots speaks deeply to Priscilla’s independent spirit and skepticism of authority—especially when that authority is her put upon teacher, Mr. Todd. But Priscilla’s silverback act soon starts taking its toll on the classroom—so many peers emulate her that everyone ends up doing time in the euphemistically named Thinking Corner—and something has to give. Emberley’s watercolors, which channel the mischievous intelligence of Sendak, are wonderful at conveying personality through body language: a single drawing of Mr. Todd putting on his coat while announcing a field trip instantly communicates that this is a teacher with a solution to the Priscilla problem. And Priscilla, with her outsize confidence and (eventual) willingness to see a different perspective, is the perfect heroine for our times. Ages 4–7. (Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* January 2, 2017)
About the Author
Michael Emberley is the illustrator of many books for children including Hello Benny!, Go! Go! Maria!, and Barbara Bottner’s Miss Brooks’ Story Nook. Michael lives in Ireland.
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So starts Priscilla Gorilla, a book about an inquisitive, lively young girl who learns a lesson or two about how to get along in school as she plays out her fascination with gorillas.
Author Barbara Bottner deftly captures both the joys and challenges of being the parent or teacher of a six year old. When Priscilla, like lots of kids her age, focuses on gorillas, she wants to know everything about them. She also wants to look like one and act like one. Illustrator Michael Emberley portrays Priscilla’s flair for life perfectly, showing her drawing with her toes, wearing gorilla pajamas, swinging from a bookcase, and practicing a gorilla dance.
The trouble for Priscilla is, her outsize personality gets her in trouble with her teacher, who often has to send her to the Thinking Corner. Before long, she’s encouraging her classmates to act as she does, and most of them also end up in the Thinking Corner. That’s when Priscilla starts to realize that instead of making trouble, she’d like to cooperate.
In the end, a special trip lets all the classmates and the teacher have fun while appreciating what they learned from Priscilla.
Young readers aged 4 to 7 and their parents will fall in love with Priscilla Gorilla and one little girl’s quest to have a great time while she learns.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Bottner has such a way with capturing the spirit of childhood on the page. Priscilla speaks for all children as she struggles to navigate the lines between being troublesome, being an individual, and cooperating with others. Bottner writes in an engaging way, allowing the story to unwind at a natural pace that keeps readers caught up in the story. The book ends with Priscilla’s class visiting the zoo and the book beautifully comes full circle as cooperation merges with gorilla dancing.
Emberley’s illustrations are superb. He depicts all of the children in their animal costumes with a wry sense of humor, plushness, bent tails and wrinkles. One wants to crawl into a costume and join the fun. The depiction of Priscilla’s parents and teacher are also cleverly done, showing parents who are allowing their daughter to figure things out but also giving a gentle gorilla nudge in the right direction.
Funny and smart, I’m bananas about this picture book. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Follow the engaging story of an independent girl whose passion can get her in a little bit of trouble. This is for anyone who has a little gorilla of their own and understands the overzealous nature of Priscilla, and her need to be a gorilla at all times. Priscilla Gorilla perfectly captures the heart, mind and authentic character of a child’s mind and delightfully gives a voice to the child who marches to their own tune.
Excerpt from my weekly newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice