Pongo is a young, mischievous African gorilla. He wants to grow up to be brave and clever like his dad. But it’s not until his sister, Whoopsie, is born that Pongo discovers growing up isn’t just about chest-thumping.
A septet of Jill Tomlinson’s tales from the 1960s and ’70s appear with a generous sprinkling of half-tone illustrations by Paul Howard, sure to attract newly independent readers. The tale of a frightened owlet who, with the help of others, learns to appreciate the night-The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (this 1968 text was also adapted to a picture-book format with full-color artwork by Howard in 2001, from Candlewick)-appears in its unabridged version, along with a half-dozen other titles in a similar format: The Aardvark Who Wasn’t Sure; The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home; The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up; The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up; The Otter Who Wanted to Know; The Penguin Who Wanted to Learn. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.