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Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. Her father’s always much too busy to take her to the zoo – or for anything else, come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla, but is disappointed when the gorilla she gets is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens: the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father’s hat and coat, and whisks her off on a magical trip to the zoo! A touching and highly imaginative tale of a lonely girl whose dreams finally come true, written and illustrated by a former Children’s Laureate.

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

“Joyous and moving… A tour de force.” The Times

“A picture book of great originality and power… Full of poignant touches and witty visual jokes.” Books for Keeps

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.6; Lower years; 0.5 points

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  • 32 pages




Anthony Browne

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What kids think

  1. Slothgirl
    on 9 May 2018

    I absolutely love this book it was my favourite book when I was 2. I am 10 now and I still love the book. I would recommend children all ages should read this book

    5out of 5
  2. Hawthornclassyear12
    on 4 February 2014

    I loved this book very much! It is really good. I loved the gorilla and Hannah! It was funny.

    Miss Foster

    5out of 5
  3. Beijing
    on 12 March 2013

    I thought this was a brilliant book. I read it to my class and they were captivated by the mysterious pictures. They especially loved the strange gorillas in the background. Anthony Browne is now our favourite author!

    5out of 5
  4. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013

    hannah was a nice character. i really enjoyed this!

  5. Partyfairy123
    on 4 March 2012

    I like it when the toy gorilla comes to life and they go to the zoo. Then the daddy says let’s go to the zoo.

  6. angelslater
    on 2 March 2012

    this book as a really nice ending and a very sweet story about a girl and her love for gorillas

  7. Cupcake03baby
    on 24 May 2011

    I like this book because it is so exciting. And I loved it

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