STARRED REVIEW
March 07, 2017

The perks of being a primate

By Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Spunky Priscilla is obsessed with gorillas. She and her dad read about gorillas every day, but what does Priscilla likes best about the big apes? They always get their way. When Priscilla dons her gorilla pajamas to give a report on her favorite animal, she’s excited. Her report goes well—with one hitch. It’s class photo day and Priscilla insists on staying in her gorilla suit. Her teacher is not pleased.

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Spunky Priscilla is obsessed with gorillas. She and her dad read about gorillas every day, but what does Priscilla likes best about the big apes? They always get their way. When Priscilla dons her gorilla pajamas to give a report on her favorite animal, she’s excited. Her report goes well—with one hitch. It’s class photo day and Priscilla insists on staying in her gorilla suit. Her teacher is not pleased.

Mr. Todd insists that having a gorilla in the picture would ruin it for the others. After Priscilla polls her cheering classmates, the teacher invites Priscilla to visit the Thinking Corner—the spot for troublemakers, But she’s no troublemaker! She’s a gorilla. Priscilla’s impish individuality influences the entire class and soon everyone wears animal pajamas to school. The Thinking Corner is overcrowded.

Priscilla’s father reminds her that gorillas survive because they cooperate. Maybe Priscilla should be a skunk instead? After studying all her gorilla photos, she apologizes to Mr. Todd in her own way. On a field trip to the zoo, Mr. Todd encourages Priscilla to wear her special PJs. When she pounds her chest and hoots, the big gorilla begins to dance and the whole class joins in, even Mr. Todd.

New York Times bestselling author Barbara Bottner provides a charming, playful story, and Michael Emberley’s lively drawings perfectly capture the bright spirit of a little girl who knows her own mind. Priscilla Gorilla will get readers on their feet, dancing to their own beat.

 

Billie B. Little is the Founding Director of Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, a hands-on museum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Priscilla Gorilla

Priscilla Gorilla

By Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley
Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy
ISBN 9781481458979

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