Book Review of The Legend of the Green Gorilla
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Written by Sean Woolford
Illustrated by Chad Thompson
Ages 4-8 | 36 Pages
Publisher: Green Gorilla Books | ISBN: 9781737140405
What to Expect: Adventure, daring, sibling relationships, coping with fear.
Stu is Mark’s big brother, so Mark does whatever he does. When Stu and Mark go looking for the legendary green gorilla, it’s Stu who leads the way, Stu who paddles the boat, Stu who has come prepared with a flashlight, and Stu who dares Mark to give the sleeping, caged ape a poke. However, when the big gorilla wakes up and breaks free from his cage, Stu runs just as far and fast as Mark. The boys flee in terror from the big green beast, through the town and out into the countryside, but as he gains on them, Stu realizes it is his responsibility to be a big brother and stand up for Mark against the monster.
Luckily, the gorilla isn’t quite as fierce as they thought…
Anyone with siblings knows that sibling relationships are a complicated mix of adoration, exasperation, and rivalry. It can be difficult for a younger sibling to know when to follow, when to be independent, and when to ask for help. The Legend of the Green Gorilla explores the consequences and emotions that go with these choices through catchy, rhyming text and fun, colorful illustrations. Readers are invited to think about how their actions impact those around them, and how relationships with others can help them cope with all sorts of strong emotions.
The Legend of the Green Gorilla is a fun and funny adventure with some important reader lessons built in.
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