There’s a Gorilla at the Door!

Author: Clare Helen Welsh

, Illustrator: Sam Caldwell


ISBN: 9781801045827 Category:

PUBLICATION DATE: February 1 2024

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 32 pages

DIMENSIONS: 251 x 286 mm

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A riotous, animal-tastic story by Clare Helen Welsh (Poo! Is That You?, The Perfect Shelter) packed with engaging, characterful illustrations from the talented Sam Caldwell (A Parliament of Owls, Sheldon’s New Shell).


Daphne’s mum and stepdad, Anthony, are throwing a family party. It’s going to be SO BORING! But when a gorilla knocks on the door, a rhino rolls in and a kangaroo pops up, Daphne realises that this party is going to get . . . WILD!


In Daphne’s big animal family, everyone is different. But they all love to dance to the same beat.


This joyous tale explores themes of belonging in a blended-family environment with a subtle nod to the interconnected animal family we all, as humans, share. In this light, funny read-aloud, children will love the accumulative animal action and will enjoy picking their favourite animal party guest! There’s a Gorilla at the Door! will delight readers of The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field, You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman, and There’s Nothing Faster Than a Cheetah by Tom Nicoll and Ross Collins.


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Meet the author

Clare Helen Welsh

Clare is a former primary school teacher, turned children’s writer, and is a passionate advocate for mental health. She is delighted that her books mean she can continue to inspire children to love la…

Meet the illustrator

Sam Caldwell

Sam Caldwell is an illustrator based in Glasgow where he lives with his wife and two cats: Tonks and Luna. Sam loves inventing characters and creating images packed full of detail, texture and colour….


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