Book review: Pongo, by Jesse Hodgson

Hodgson, Jesse. Pongo. Flying Eye Books, 2013. $16.95 ISBN 9781909263093 Unpaged. Ages 3-6. P8Q8

Pongo, the orangutan, decides to climb up out of his thick jungle home and see the bright orange sun. Along the way, he comes upon several orange discs which turn out to be many things—an orange snake, an orange honeycomb, a baboon’s orange bottom—until he finds a friend who knows the way. Beautifully arranged, subtly colored illustrations engage the reader with Pongo’s journey through humor. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and public library collections. October 2014 review by Jane Cothron.


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