1st September '17
Gorilla loves Vanilla
I think this is my favourite picture book discovery of the year so far! Sam runs an ice cream shop making weird, wonderful and hillarious desserts for 5 different animals, who are stumped, then jealous, when a gorilla orders a plain vanilla sundae.
The length, vocabulary level and sense of humour are all perfect for my class of 3 - 5 year olds, but I also think that younger and older children will find the book funny and appealing. The illustrations are bold but detailed, with lots of colour and movement, and who doesn't love a shiny cover? My pupils' eyes light up when we get to the big, vertical double spread with an ice cream sundae which is a foot tall! My favourite thing about the book is the ending, when we find out that the gorilla is happy to share his massive ice cream. It's a lovely ending and a great way to talk about how nice it is to share, but because none of the other animals have refused to share in the course of the book, it doesn't feel at all moralistic.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book and will be buying it as a gift for lots of children of friends.