"No one renders primates with more faithful detail or surreal humanity than Browne." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A USBBY Outstanding International Book
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
Three starred reviews (Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal)
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 sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, Little Beauty is a celebration of a most surprising friendship.
About the Author
Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY. He lives in Kent, England.
The illustrations express clear emotion in this perfect read for young children about friendship.
Extraordinary pencil and watercolor illustrations brilliantly depict the emotions of a lonely gorilla.
—Library Media Connection
No one renders primates with more faithful detail or surreal humanity than Browne.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Exquisitely detailed art that blends magic and realism.
A sweet quirky story of a deep and unlikely friendship enhanced by emotionally evocative art.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Luscious, creamy pages provide contrast for the large, well-spaced font and the dark furry figure… Children will chuckle as they view the pair doing everything together …Browne’s exquisite interpretation of a real life gorilla is a welcome progression.
—School Library Journal (starred review)