Go, Go Gorilla! is a lovely lyrical tale about a new friend who arrives to stay with a little boy and his family. The new friend is a large hairy gorilla. Cue parents nervous expressions.
I was immediately attracted by the image of paper dolls, which I used to love cutting out as a child. I still make them with my younger kids and they love colouring in their clothes and giving them accessories. In the book a mom and daughter make a string of paper dolls together, which go off on a fantastical adventure as they travel through the house and out into the garden.
Poetry gets a rough deal with most children. Being forced to learn a long poem can take the joy of the rhyming words away. Wouldn’t it be great if children thought poetry was fun?