Ewan Aged 4 Reviews Gorilla by Holly Duhig-Non-Fiction Book of The Week

Ewan Aged 4 Reviews Gorilla by Holly Duhig-Non-Fiction Book of The Week

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 28th October 2019


A fantastic NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE WEEK this week (again). Gorilla by Holly Duhig published by BookLife.

This is one of 18 books in the BookLife  Life Cycles series

Although Ewan’s favourite animal ebbs and flows the gorilla has tends to rate. He loves its strength and power and yet he finds it to be quite cuddly.

All four children aged 3 to 7 years old loved this book and talking about the amazing photographs. All four understood a lot more about the gorilla and its life cycle.

But enough of what I think. Let’s find out what Ewan’s view is.



Hi, Ewan, here.

Do you know what the best animal in the world is? A gorilla. Or sometimes it is a wolf. But usually it is a gorilla.

Grandad has given me a brilliant book to read entitled ‘Gorilla’ and it is by Holly Duhig published by BookLife. The book is in the ‘Life Cycles’ series and is as brilliant as gorillas really are.

The book is full of real photographs of gorillas. Grandad says the photographs are so good they look like the photobooks Grandad makes of photographs of us. We went through the book saying who was in the photos. Me: I was the biggest fiercest, of course. Brother Rory, he’s the baby one. And Mum, Dad, Cousin George and even  Cousin Freya. But you don’t want to know all that, you want to know about the book – Grandad says.

Me and Grandad talked about how the photographs were taken because they did look like ordinary family photographs. So much so that I thought they must be selfies. But Grandad said gorillas do not have mobile phones, because they would smash them up and there is no electricity in the jungle to re-charge them.

But the photographs are so good Grandad Gorilla must have taken them. But Grandad said they were taken by a wildlife cameraman whose job it is to go out and spend a week or month or even years living with the gorillas taking their photographs. Wow, that’s a job I want when I grow up.

That is not all I learned from this book. I learned masses more. There are 24 colourful pages with one massive full-page photograph on most pages. But there are so many facts and so much information about gorillas too.

Did you know gorilla infants are carried by their mummies until they are four years old? That is on Page 9. I am 4 years old and my Mum has not carried me around since I was one year old. I’m too heavy for my Mum to carry, she says. Does that mean I am bigger and heavier and stronger than a gorilla? Grandad says it is because my Mum is not as strong as a mummy gorilla.

On Page 16 it says, “Just like humans, gorillas stick to a daily routine”. I thought that meant they went to school. But Grandad said they do not go to school. How do they learn to read, write and do sums? The photograph  shows two young gorillas wrestling exactly the same as me and Brother Rory wrestle. On the next page it says, “When gorillas become old, the younger members of the troop look after them” just like me, Brother Rory, Cousin George and Cousin Freya look after Mamma and Grandad. We must be gorillas. I am as strong as a gorilla, anyway.

Did you know gorillas are a type of ape? The book tells you on Page 5. I knew that anyway. My Dad told me. I have a pet gorilla and take him everywhere with me and he’s cuddly.

No, no, not a real one! There’s not enough room in my bedroom for me and a real gorilla. And Mum struggles keeping control of two boys, I don’t think she’d manage a gorilla too. She’d have to give up work to cope. It’s a toy cuddly one, silly. He’s my favourite toy.

I bought him when we went to Twycross Zoo and saw real gorillas. They were just amazing and came and stared at me. I think one wanted to be my friend, but Dad said we weren’t allowed in his compound. The book explained why the gorillas are kept in conservation centres like Twycross to keep the gorillas safe.

The photographs of gorilla’s hands on Page 7 and 17 are unbelievably amazing, just like my hands but bigger.

Apparently, gorillas weigh 1.8kg (Page7) when they are born. I weighed 3.685kg when I was born that’s more than twice the size of a gorilla. That‘s even more proof I am bigger and stronger than a gorilla.

I’m like that because my dad is big and strong and cuddly just like a gorilla and which is why gorillas are my favourite animals.

The book says older adult male gorillas grow silver hair on their backs and are known as silverbacks. Grandad grows silver hair on his head. Does that mean he is a silver head?

Grandad says the ‘Gorilla’ book’s purpose is to show me, the reader the life cycle of the gorilla. And the book achieves that brilliantly. Grandad and me went through it again (& again &again & again…& again to infinity). We kept seeing the cycle. That’s not a gorilla riding a bike as I thought it was when I first started reading the book. It is the mummy gorilla having a baby gorilla. The book shows the baby gorilla growing up and leaving its mum. When the gorilla is old enough to leave the troop, it finds a mate. They have a baby. So, the gorilla (if a female has its own baby gorilla which grows up and leaves its mum. When the gorilla is old enough to leave the troop, it finds a mate. They have a baby and it all starts all over again.

I love this book which was written for Age 5-7+ years and I am only 4½ years. But that doesn’t matter because it is so well done. I have started learning to read but can only read words like bat, sat, mat and cat. But Grandad read it to me and then we talked and talked and talked about every photograph.

Now when I go to bed at night Mum or Dad reads me ‘Gorilla’ and I snuggle up with my toy gorilla and then go to sleep and dream of adventures with gorillas.

Grandad even wrote us some gorilla stories a while a go too. I’m off to read that now.    YOU WOULDN’T WOULD YOU – ERIC THE GORILLA?

Bye Bye, Ewan

BOOK PUBLISHER: https://booklifepublishing.co.uk/


Gorilla (Life Cycles) by Holly Duhig (Author)

Hardcover:            24 pages

Age Range:           5 – 7 years

Publisher:              BookLife Publishing


Here children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant and confident readers alike.

Also a GORILLA  a sad news item from yesterday: Kumbuka, famous London Zoo gorilla dies aged 21


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Happiness is…being a gorilla wildlife photographer


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