Published: 28/04/2015
ISBN: 9781784622145
Format: Paperback



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Marianne Parry was born in Pontypridd, South Wales. She attended Pontypridd Girls' Grammar School and Worcester College, and worked for many years as a Primary School teacher. Her literary works inclu... read more

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Grappo the Gorilla
by Marianne Parry

"What is wrong, Grappo?" Grapella asked. "Aren’t we travelling today?"
"Man is here," he grunted.

Grappo the Gorilla is the tale of a gorilla, his pack and their encounters with 'Man'.

The first chapter introduces Grappo and his pack, who are worried. Man has invaded their territory on the slopes of Mount Mikeno in the Congo. Together, with the males in his pack, he tries to frighten the humans away… but will they succeed?

In the second chapter we meet Grapella, Grappo’s mate, who is kidnapped by scientists. Grappo is bereft, but so is Lucy, the daughter of one of the scientists, who thought her father was only there to take photographs. Will Grapella’s cries from her cage change the scientists’ minds or is she lost to the pack forever?

The third chapter follows Grappo’s twin gorilla youngsters, who are amazed to see their father shrink away from what looks like a long worm. How can Papa be wary of such a small creature? They vow to capture one and bring it back to show their father.

Grappo the Gorilla is part of Marianne Parry’s growing collection of children’s books, which includes Tales of Wabasso (Matador, 2014), Rusty and Friends (Matador, 2014) and Bruno and Little Donkey (Matador, 2015). The book will be enjoyed by children between the age of seven and nine, particularly those who enjoy animal stories.

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2014 sees Marianne Parry publishing two books of short stories for children.

The first story, Tales of Wabasso, will be available from 28th August; and the second story, Rusty and Friends, will be available from 28th October.

Tales of Wabasso follows a group of North American Indian children and their tribe. It includes references to traditional customs, words and the environment in which they live, in order to create a vivid and exciting picture of their adventures. Anyone liking traditional stories for children will enjoy this book.

Rusty and Friends follows a group of British children coming to terms with various family issues, that are resolved in surprisingly positive ways. Many children will relate to situations like these.

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