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Little Beauty

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  538 ratings  ·  127 reviews
With his hyper-realistic artwork full of striking detail, the award-winning Anthony Browne tells a story of an unlikely friendship.

Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sor
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Gorilla has everything he needs, but he is lonely. So, he asks his keepers for a friend, using sign language. They give him a kitten, Little Beauty, and tell him "Don't eat her."
The gorilla loves the kitten. He gives her milk, and honey (she just looks at the honey) and they are very happy. The illustrations will have you smiling as gorilla and Little Beauty swing through the pages (sometimes literally) having fun and enjoying each other's company. I love the mismatched size of the friends, and
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Jackie "the Librarian"
If you like cute cats, and gorillas, you will love this book. Drawn from the true story of Koko the gorilla, and her kitten All Ball Koko's Kitten, Anthony Browne puts his own twist on this tale of a gorilla who wants a friend.
In this version, the gorilla has all the comforts of home, including an easy chair and a television. What he doesn't have is a friend. Since he is able to communicate with sign language, he can ask for one, and in comes Little Beauty, a cute tabby kitten, and a lovely frie
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Aleksandra Petrovich
This is a story of a gorilla who learned sign language. He lives at the zoo and seemingly has everything, including a TV. However, he is sad and lonely. One day he signs to his keepers that he would like a friend, so they give him a kitten named Little Beauty. The two friends are very different in size and appearance, but they get along well and do everything together. One day, while watching a movie about King Kong, gorilla gets mad and smashes the TV. When the zookeepers come, they want to tak ...more
Lauren
Koko love heart pictures. Koko sad bad writing.
Rakisha
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Hannah
A very special gorilla seems to have everything he needs, apart from a friend. When his zoo-keepers give him a kitten to befriend the pair become inseparable. However, when the gorilla gets angry and breaks the TV the zoo- keepers are not impressed. It seems as if this might be the end of their friendship, until the quick-thinking kitten steps in and they live happily ever after.

The story line itself can be a starting point for discussion about loneliness, friendship, and kindness, potentially s
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Chelsey
In “Little Beauty” by Anthony Browne, a trained gorilla that does sign language wanted a friend. So his keepers gave him a tiny kitten and they became the best of friends. The artistic elements are heavily weighted and varied throughout this book. The end pages were a burnt orange floral pattern which was shown in a few of the illustrations. On the dust jackets were excerpts of a short summary about the book, tells what inspired Anthony Browne to write this story, where he is from and other book ...more
Zaynab Modaykhan
This book is about a gorilla in a zoo that does Sign Language. He is a sad gorilla because there are no other gorillas in the zoo and he has no friends. Th keeper gave the gorilla a little friend called Beauty, who was a little kitten. The gorilla loved Beauty, he fed her and they were very happy. They did everything together. One day, gorilla and the kitten were watching a movie together about a gorilla who climbs the Empire State Building. Gorilla became angry and broke the TV. The keepers wer ...more
Amanda
As I read this book I was thinking it was referring to a gorilla I have heard about learning to sign for communication. I thought was a cool concept to take a real event and turn into a childrens story. I thought it had a really weird twist with no consequences and did not like the endings. I also felt that the illustrations were inconsistent and on various pages looked like another illustrator threw their images in. I guess since I knew of this actual gorilla I was hoping for a more accurate ac ...more
Elizabeth Menchaca
“Once upon a time there was a very special gorilla that could use sign language” He was provided with all the basic necessities of life such as food, comforts and even some entertainment but that is not all this gorilla needed to be happy, he was very lonely and sad, so he asked his keepers for a friend. Soon after he was given a kitten named Beauty. “The gorilla loved Beauty” they immediately became the best of friends, they did everything together (even go to the bathroom!) and the gorilla to ...more
Itzel
In this book, it is a story about a gorilla. The gorilla is lonely and wants a friend. The zookeepers end up getting him a friend, a kitty. Now that the gorilla has a friend, he is happy. At first you can tell they had to get to know each other and then they were very close friends. Then one day, he got really mad and breaks the television. The zookeepers want to know who broke the television. It has a surprising funny ending to the book.

The illustrations were well done. They were able to tell t
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Meghan Klyczek
A very special gorilla seems to have everything he needs, apart from a best friend and he is very lonely. When his zoo-keepers give him a kitten to befriend, the pair become inseparable and they become the best of friends that I think this gorilla was longing for. However, when the gorilla gets angry and breaks the TV, the zoo- keepers are not impressed. It seems as if this might be the end of their friendship, until the quick-thinking kitten steps in and they live happily ever after.

The story l
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Christina Greenberg
Little Beauty by Anthony Browne is the story of a blossoming friendship between a sad and lonely gorilla and a kitten. Throughout the story we see the recurring image of a rose. On the first title page we have white rose and on the next we have a pink rose. Historically, white roses symbolize innocence and purity while pink roses symbolize love, gratitude and appreciation. As you read through this story you can see why Browne chose to use these two roses. The themes of innocence, love, gratitude ...more
Debbie
This books was an endearing, loving story that teaches friendship and love. There was a gorilla who was not normal. He got everything he wanted but he signed to his keepers that he wanted a friend. Therefore they brought him a cute kitten named Beauty. You can see their bond immediately. You see this huge gorilla and tiny kitten doing everything together. When they slept or played together their colors blended. One day they watched a "King Kong" movie together and since the gorilla didn't like t ...more
Jammie Mays
The eyes! During my first read of this book all I could focus on was the eyes of each character. On the first double page spread the gorilla grabbed my attention and I felt like I was observing him at the zoo watching television. The eyes (as does the rest of the photo, but more over the eyes) have so much detail. They are a realistic color of brown, they remind me of my eye color when the light hits them. As I turned the page I got an even better look at the lighting of his eyes and the detail ...more
Meltha
My children's literature handbook essentially reads as an advertisement for Anthony Browne in places. There are over a dozen of his books mentioned in the text, some of them four or more times. I had never heard of this person, so I eventually sought out some of his books at the library, specifically this one, Piggybook, and Zoo.

And I really don't get the draw. Of the three, this one's illustrations are probably the most well done, but even so, there's something off about them in some odd way. P
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Chantal
The gift of Anthony Browne is not limited to the powerful voices of his picturebook characters as expressed through measured lines of simple text. Indeed, his commanding illustrations tell a story of their own. His use of perspective, composition, visual symbolism, and action processes work, as Serafini (2009) writes, “in concert to narrate the story and provide the viewer with information in visual form” (p. 12).


And so it is in Browne’s Little Beauty (2008), the tale of an improbable friendshi

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Joshua
I first read this book in Spanish, which I do not speak (Cosita Linda). So I got to make up a story of my own based on the pictures. It ended up with Kitty taking a bullet. It was AMAZING!

When I read the English version, it only slightly differed from my own except for the ending in which everyone lives...

The reviews talk about the illustration, but the story is really just ok.
Marie
Admittedly, I am not a fan of Anthony Browne. Of all of his books, though, I like this one best. The story of a lonely gorilla who signs (similar to Koko and the kitten) getting a kitten as a friend is one children will find appealing. The faces of the gorilla and other characters are very expressive. I think children will be tickled by the twist at the end.
Karen
The goofy, besotted gorilla expressions, the contrast of the huge gorilla and the teensy kitten and their joy in each other, and finally the twist at the end (kitty understands what to do to save their companionship), made this an "ahhh" read that made me smile. Can't imagine anyone that wouldn't.
Andrea
I'm a sucker for gorilla books. I like looking at pictures of them and Anthony Browne's illustrations border on photorealism. I'm also a sucker for kitties. Everybody knows that! I was reading a post on Storytime Underground about books you LOVE for storytime and this was on the list. Since we had it (and I have a headstart visit coming up) I thought I'd grab it and give it a read. The illustrations are gorgeous in this, but I wish the kitty looked just a little bit more like a kitty. The gorill ...more
Cheryl
Aww... Really, what can one say? The plot if fun, the characters are engaging, the art is wonderful... just sweet. Oh, and note the roses... a la' Beauty and the Beast....
Fibersian
This is just a loving sweet story that is embedded in fact. A gorilla that knows sign language lets his keepers know that he is lonely. They get him a kitten, Beauty, as a companion. He takes special care of her. He watches a movie that is upsetting and destroys his tv. The keepers are worried for Beauty's safety and take her away. He convinces them that she is safe with him.

I love this book. I can't wait to read it to my kindergarteners. It is about special relationships. Obviously narrative s
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Natalie
"Little Beauty" is about a Gorilla who lives at a zoo who is lonely and desperate for a friend. through use of sign language the gorilla tells his anguish to the zookeepers who decide that they should get the gorilla a friend, namely a pet kitten they call "beauty" they quickly become best friends until one day whilst watching an upsetting film (it can be assumed King Kong by use of the illustrations) the gorilla becomes angry and breaks zoo property and when the zoo keeps go to reprimand the go ...more
Mary
This is a heartwarming tale about a Gorilla who lives in a zoo and is very lonely. He signs to his keepers one day that he would like to have a friend. They give him a kitten named Beauty. They were best friends and did everything together. One night, however, they were watching a movie together that made the Gorilla very angry and he broke the television. When the keepers saw the broken television, they threatened to take Beauty away because they were afraid for her life.
Beauty, knowing the tru
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Matthew
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현순 최
There was a unique gorilla who use a sign language. He has everything, but he has no friends That's why he was sad. One day his keepers gave him some friend, Beauty. They became a good friends not so long. when the gorilla gets in trouble, the cat give him a help. They were happy together forever. Children can learn true friendship from this book.
Amy
Dec 28, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Cheryl
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My niece and nephew enjoyed Little Beauty. I expected that my niece would like it, but oh my gosh, my nephew *loved* it! That caught me completely by surprise! I thought this book would be too "sweet" for his taste, but he just really enjoyed seeing the friendship between this gorilla and kitten. He had the biggest grin on his face at the end of this book, and he exclaimed, "Let's read it again!" You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I really liked this little book, but I'm old enough t
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TheGiftofaBook
This simply told story is sophisticated in so many ways. The main character, a gorilla, uses sign language to communicate. He is sad because he does not have a friend. The zoo keepers take care of this by giving him a small little cat named Beauty. From this point, we are shown what true friendship means. The reader experiences humour, excitement and even a touch of sadness before book ends. A child can relate to the friends watching television together and laugh when they each go to the bathroo ...more
T. Denise

This is the story of a gorilla who is lonely and needs a friend. The gorilla has the unique ability to sign (a learned task from the zookeepers). One day, the gorilla signs that he "is lonely and needs a friend." The friend ends up being a little kitten.

The story progresses in wonderfully illustrated artwork that offers extremely effective emotional character depiction. At the climax, the gorilla and kitty are watching a movie (symbolic of King Kong) and the gorilla becomes angry. He (or she) en
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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