What Is Baby Gorilla Doing?

Christena Nippert-Eng, John Dominski, and Miguel Martinez. Holt, $7.99 (22p) ISBN 978-1-62779-479-4
The team behind 2016’s Gorillas Up Close aims at a younger audience as they follow a baby gorilla through a bevy of activities. Each page reads like a one-word answer to the question posed by the title: photographs show the gorilla “looking” into a small basin in one scene, “sitting” in it in another, as well as “scratching” itself, “reaching” for some bamboo, and eventually “sleeping” in a hammock. Simplified white and pastel backgrounds keep the focus on the highlighted actions, which are recapped in a closing spread. It’s a cleanly designed introduction to a gorilla’s daily life, full of activities that will be familiar to the book’s young readers, too. Ages 2–6. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/19/2017
Release date: 06/13/2017
Genre: Children's
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