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Vanilla Gorilla

by (author) W.H. New

illustrated by Vivian Bevis

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Jul 1998
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 1998
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William New has created a wondrously zany collection of rhyming verse, ranging from the playful to the mysterious. Included are percussive nonsense rhymes, puzzle poems, joyful dances with anagrams and gentle haiku. The poems are complemented by Vivian Bevis's full-page, full-colour illustrations, which capture the high-spirited and impetuous qualities of the verse. This sturdy hardcover picture book will delight both the early reader and the many adults who enjoy introducing children to the sound and rhythm of verse.

About the authors

WILLIAM NEW is the author and editor of more than fifty books. A native of Vancouver, where he currently lives, he was educated at the University of British Columbia (where he later taught for 37 years) and the University of Leeds. From his first days as a student at UBC, he has been committed to the importance of Canadian writing and to making it accessible to readers around the world. His academic works include A History of Canadian Literature, the massive Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, and several extensive studies of irony and the short story. Writing more personally, his Borderlands: how we talk about Canada and Grandchild of Empire consider how local perspectives inform our political judgments. A prize-winning teacher and researcher, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal, and for his services to creative and critical writing he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

William New's creative publications include five books for children (including the internationally honoured The Year I Was Grounded) and eleven previous collections of poetry (including Underwood Log, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award; YVR, winner of the City of Vancouver Award; and New & Selected Poems). His latest collection, Neighbours, questions whether any of us ever lives alone.

These poems ask what it means to live near, whether in close proximity or in ragtag memory--and to consider what happens when closeness dissolves and a neighbourhood dies.

W.H. New's profile page

Vivian Bevis is the illustrator of Vanilla Gorilla(Ronsdale, 1998), Llamas in the Laundry (Ronsdale, 2002) and Dream Helmet (Ronsdale, 2005) . She was chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Center to tour Ontario during Canadian Children’s Book Week. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Vivian Bevis' profile page

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