Still a Gorilla


Published by Orchard/Scholastic, July 2016

illustrated by Chad Geran

Will Willy be another type of animal?
Still a gorilla!

In this fun, zany picture book, Willy the Gorilla imitates other animals at the zoo, including a lion, a walrus, a billy goat, an alligator, and a kangaroo. But pretending to be something he is not never works out. What if he just tried to be himself?

In the end, Willy is still a gorilla — and that’s something everyone can appreciate! Still a Gorilla! is a funny, wacky, rhyming picture book that teaches the importance of being yourself.

School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
and June 2016 SLJ “Popular Pick”

PreS-Gr 1—Willy, a young gorilla, longs to be something else. A lion? A billy goat? A walrus? Each time Willy tries to emulate one of his fellow zoo animals, he is disappointed to find out he is still a gorilla. This bright and vibrant story is a fun read, and children will delight in inferring what animal comes next. The graphic-style digital artwork is cheerful and engaging. This silly read-aloud explores print awareness as well as rhyme. Illustrations and font are large, which adds to the creativity of the story and allows the book to work well when shared with a group. Text is minimalistic and done in various colors. Children will love the repetition, chiming in on the refrain, “No. Still a gorilla!” VERDICT A surefire selection for a lively animal-themed storytime. A must-have.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Available July 26, 2016 in hardback or paperback through your favorite brick & mortar store (they may need to order it) or online sellers. Also likely to show up in 2016-17 Scholastic Book Fairs and take-home Club Fliers.