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Gorilla! Gorilla!

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Baby mouse is missing! Mother mouse can't find him anywhere.

And then, to make matters worse -- a big, scary gorilla charges out of the rainforest!

Will mother mouse escape the gorilla? And where is her baby?

Jeanne Willis's rhythmic text and Tony Ross's playful illustrations enliven this suspenseful chase.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Picture-Book Readers Who Enjoy Animal Stories
A mother mouse, frantically searching for her lost child, is horrified to see a massive gorilla emerge from the depths of the forest and head in her direction. Despite his shouted command that she "Stop!," the mouse turns tail and flees, convinced that the gorilla means her harm. Racing around the world, through China, American, Australia and the Arctic, the mouse stays one step ahead of her terrifying pursuer, continually lamenting - "He'll catch me! / He'll squash me and scratch me, / He'll mi ...more
Abril G. Karera
Un libro sobre el engaño de las apariencias y la dicha de no juzgar. Está bonito, pero me resultó forzado y muy evidente en su "moraleja". Ya no quiero libros con moralejas, osh. La ilustración es bellísima y muy potente, tan sólo vean la portada. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
My three year old loves this book. She has asked me to read it several times each day since we brought it home from the library.
She laments the mouse’s misinterpretation of the gorilla each time, and rejoices when the mouse discovers the gorilla’s true nature at the end every time we read it.
Okay book. Quick read. Decent illustrations. Not the best, but enjoyable for a brief story.
Cassandra Gelvin
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
But in reality, gorillas actually are dangerous.

This book is inane. It's by the same author as "Tadpole's Promise." I wouldn't say it's as bad, though.

There's a mouse whose baby is missing and she's looking for him (in the rain forests, I guess that's where lives?) and then a gorilla comes up after her. She's afraid of the gorilla, so she runs away from the gorilla for pages and pages... The gorilla just keeps following her and yelling, "Stop! Stop!" She goes so far that she ends up going to Chi
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an ominous title and cover for what turns out to be a terrific title about a mouse who is looking for her baby when she is approached by a huge gorilla! The terrified little mouse runs away, only to be chased by the gorilla as little mouse runs from continent to continent until she is finally cornered. What will happen?!
A mother mouse loses her baby and goes in search of it. Along the way she meets a gorilla who scares her and she runs. Well, she runs and runs because the gorilla is now chasing her. A bit silly, but kids will probably enjoy it, along with the twist ending which parents will guess from the beginning but kids will enjoy discovering. A decent, but not outstanding, group read aloud.
Lydia Duncalfe
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prepositions
Moral of the story: never judge a book by its cover. This could also be a useful book to use when teaching prepositions.
Reagan Wilkinson
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-4
Not all gorillas are mean and scary.
Miss Sarah
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
A preschool and up book about a mother mouse who looses her child and then asks many animals if they have seen her baby until she is chased by a gorilla.
Clara McIntosh
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-choice-5
This book is very repetitive and could be used to talk about rhyme.
Jennifer B.
Cute, but that mouse is a hysterical mess.
Jenna Mills
Proper strange and silly but my 2yo likes it
Gorilla! Gorilla! is a story about a mother mouse in search of her baby in the forest. She becomes hopeless when a gorilla crosses her path. She becomes so frightened that she runs as fast and as far as she can. Meanwhile the gorilla is following her telling her to "STOP". The chase goes from the forest to America, to Australia, and finally ending in Antarctica. The mouse becomes so tired that she can not run awhile any longer. It is then that the gorilla reveals that she has had her baby all al ...more
Josie B.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
When a mouse goes searching for her missing baby, she is chased from continent to continent by a fierce looking gorilla. The children in my 3-5 year old storytime were mesmerized by this story. I paired it with "Meet the Howlers" by April Pulley Sayre to talk about fiction and non-fiction. Retelling it with props would nurture narrative skills, the ability to tell stories and describe a sequence of events. Or you can talk about the rhyming words inside the mouse's repeated chant and how rhyming ...more
How cute! I liked the pictures. I liked the little rhyme the mother mouse kept using. And I loved the ending. But it doesn't stick to the China-theme for Book Time, since it goes all over the world. And it really is for a Pre-K audience. Possibly not a Toddler audience because there were parts that actually did seem a little scary. Great illustrations on that ape! Good for a story time and a lap-sit. ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A little story about a gorilla and mouse chase. Cute with repetitive verse so about half way through the book my five year old is saying it with me and the others like that they know what is coming. It was fun to travel around the world in the chase. Simple and fun.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A really good message about not judging someone by how they look or because of pre-conceived ideas. The three-year-old was able to cope with the quite scary pictures of the gorilla, as the text showed how wrong the little mouse was to be scared of him. The repetitive rhyme was fun too.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picture Books, Mice, Fear, Gorilla, Humorous Stories

While searching for her missing baby, a mother mouse comes upon a big, scary gorilla. She runs away, but the gorilla chases her, no matter where she runs.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this picture book which is for younger readers, but could definitely support the point of the "misunderstood and dangerous" gorilla. Definitely part of my text set with The One and Only Ivan. ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2008, childrens
An interesting story about a scared little mouse, running all over the world to get away from a seemingly angry gorilla who is chasing her. The illustrations are interesting and though completely silly, the book entertains the kids.
Priti Zende
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my kid’s favorite book. We have read it a hundred times. Great way to tell kids, just because someone looks big & scary they are bad at heart.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young readers
Shelves: picture-books
Story of a mouse running around the world from a gorilla. Use of repetitive verse. Cute illustrations
This was a cute little story about being brave. Nice illustrations.

While we liked it, we didn't love it and probably won't read again. A better choice than some though!
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't judge a gorilla! ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Did fun voices for the characters. Margaret loves it.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scary AND sweet.
Emily Suarez
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-choice-5
I love this book as it resembles the saying “never judge a book by its cover.” A great classroom read aloud.
Meester Lander
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: voorleesboek, to-buy
Geweldig boek !

Mooie tekeningen, maar vooral een heel grappig verteld verhaal. De overdrijvingen, de paniek, de geslaagde herhalingen...

Dit is een supertof boek om voor te lezen.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, kids-books
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more

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