by Anthony Browne

Reading Age: 6+

Interest level: 4+

by Anthony Browne

Hannah’s favourite animals in the whole world are gorillas; she reads about them, watches programmes about them, and draws pictures of them. But all she really wants to do is see a gorilla in real life. Hannah’s dad is always too busy to take her to the zoo, so on her birthday, Hannah decides to ask for a gorilla of her own.


This fantastical picture book from 2009-2011 Children's Laureate and Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Anthony Browne is a warm and sensitive story. With its beautiful, slightly surreal illustrations, it is a magical story to treasure and share again and again.


Publisher: Walker Books

About the author

  • Anthony Browne

    Children's Laureate 2009-2011
    Anthony Browne is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books with over forty titles to his name including Gorilla and Willy the Wimp. He was born in Yorkshire and studied graphic arts at Leeds Art College, working as a medical illustrator and an illustrator of greetings cards before his first book was published in 1976. He has gone on to win numerous awards including the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.


    Anthony was the Children's Laureate 2009-2011 and used his time in the post to raise the profile of picture books and picture book illustration, as well as the value of supporting children's creativity and imagination.


    Anthony Browne
    Anthony Browne

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Average rating: 4/5

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Slightly sureal but a charming story.

Rating: 5 star
Rachael Smithdale
10 October 2013

I love the surreal quality to this book and the characters are great. Children love spotting things in the pictures and the illustations are very dramatic. Great to perform (I'm a professional story-teller)!

Rating: 4 star
sue dyde
allerton children's centre bradford
10 October 2013

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