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Little Beauty - Anthony Browne

Paperback Published: 24th August 2010
ISBN: 9780763649678
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old

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This is the heart-warming tale of a gorilla and his tiny friend, from the master picturebook-maker. A very special gorilla is taught a very special skill: sign language. He appears to have everything he needs, but one day he signs that he is said and needs a friend. His keepers bring him a tiny cat called Beauty and the two of them become inseparable. But when the gorilla gets angry and causes damage to the TV, will his keepers think him unfit to be friends with such a small, defenceless animal? Not if Beauty can think fast and prove what a special friendship they share...

About The Author

Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, for his services to children's literature - the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956.


totally delightful: Little Beauty understands


a beautifully, creative picture story that somehow deals with complex emotions - and makes you smile.

Perth, WA




My 3 year old grandson loves this book. I had to explain the 'angry' section and why it occurred. Also I needed to explain why 'Little Beauty' said he had broken the television and not the Gorilla. The concept is a little old for very young readers, but it is a beautiful story and children absolutely love both the pictures and the story.



Encourages children to tell lies


The kitten tells a lie about damaging TV. Not a good thing to teach to children. Will not give it as a gift

perth wa


Lovely illustrations and story line.


Great to read to a class of younger children



Little Beauty

4.0 4


The illustrations express clear emotion in this perfect read for young children about friendship.
--Columbus Dispatch

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)

ISBN: 9780763649678
ISBN-10: 0763649678
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 24th August 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 23.11  x 0.51
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised