Monday, June 12, 2017
Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne
In a sugary sweet fantasy-land where humans and animals live side-by-side, Sam’s Sundaes serves up any kind of ice cream imaginable. A series of animals make special requests for ice cream—all of which horrify the others—but Sam serves them up their heart’s desire, from blue cheese ice cream for mouse to a worm sundae for chicken. The large format, silly premise, and length make this a fun read for storytime. Note that the final request from gorilla relies on British pronunciation (trying to rhyme filler with vanilla), so a little practice breaking the rhythm is wise.
Themes/topics: ice cream, food, sweets, treats, taste, trying new things, sharing, gorillas
Sample text from one spread:
The chicken said,
“I’ll have a cone full of worms—
I like nothing more
than an ice cream that squirms.
“It’s funny the way that it wriggles and jiggles.
It tickles my beak and it gives me the giggles.”
but Sam didn’t blinkHe rustled up wormy ice cream in a wink.