Synopses & Reviews
A humorous and wonderfully poetic story about Cecilia and her pet cat, Gorilla!
"When Gorilla goes walking, the neighbors laugh and stare at her tailless rump and her very proud air."
Gorilla is an affectionate, jealous, lovable cat who constantly wants to play with Cecilia. Experience their unique relationship through Nikki Grimes's lyrical poetry and Shane Evans's vibrant artwork. Readers will fall in love with Gorilla and wish they could bring her home with them!
"'A girl's keen and loving observations of her audacious, 'rain-cloud gray' cat the Gorilla of the title are the inspiration for this wonderful suite of poems by Grimes (Dark Sons). The book also serves as a kind of primer on poetry, proving that the medium is infinite in its versatility; Grimes offers up everything from multi-stanza paeans (both rhyming and not) to a sort of haiku ('Gorilla gazes/ into a puddle. Does she/ know she's beautiful?'). Her word choices are always lively and evoke an appropriately feline combination of affection and entitlement ('I scratch Gorilla's belly when/ she commandeers my lap'). Of course, it helps to have such a rich subject Gorilla loves to fight with ivy, cuddle on a sick bed, interrupt homework, eat soul food and pine for a tom cat. Evans's (Here We Go Round) poster-like paintings are the perfect accompaniment the illustrator beautifully captures the many moods of both the supremely confident Gorilla and her adoring mistress. A winner for youngsters, cat fans and poetry lovers of all ages. Ages 4-8.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
Gorilla is an affectionate, jealous, lovable cat who constantly wants to play with Cecilia. Experience their unique relationship through Grimes's lyrical poetry and Evans's vibrant art work. Full color.
About the Author
Whether writing poetry or fiction, Nikki Grimes has succeeded in creating works featuring young African-American characters with whom children and young adults can identify. Drawing upon scenes from her own childhood in New York City, Grimes is noted for successfully conveying the black experience and universal themes such as friendship, tolerance, family, and community relationships. Despite a difficult childhood, her stories are characterized by optimism and warmth. Her acclaimed titles include: Come Sunday, an ALA Notable Book, A Dime a Dozen, a Junior Library Guild selection, and Jazmins Notebook, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Nikki Grimes currently lives in Los Angeles, California.