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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    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

    9 May 2018

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

    Miss Foster

    4 February 2014

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    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!

    12 March 2013

  • hannah was a nice character. i really enjoyed this!

    8 March 2013

  • 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.

    4 March 2012

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  • Anthony Browne

    Anthony Browne is an award-winning author and illustrator, and was the Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011.


    Anthony has won the Kate Greenaway prize for Gorilla and Zoo, and the Kurt Maschler award for Gorilla and Voices in the Park.

    In 2000, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen prize, and is the Children’s Laureate for 2009-2011.

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