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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Rogilla, a happy and playful gorilla who had one of the scariest and funniest faces of any of the animals that lived in the zoo. The boys and girls loved her, she loved them, and Rogilla was just like a big kid. Rogilla loved to do what the children did and though the zoo had other primates, no one imitated the children better. Rogilla was happy and comfortable living at the zoo that was the only home she knew. There was a lot of space for her to roam, plenty of food to eat, and many happy visitors. Rogilla's habitat was close to the place where the boys and girls ate while they were at the zoo and she observed them carefully.
Though she enjoyed watching everything the kids did, the constant aroma from the visitors' space fascinated her more. One night she broke off a bamboo shoot from the middle of the bamboo patch in her habitat and went to the area from where the delicious smells came. Though the kids were not there, the tempting aromas were there. She went from one snack to another and chewed and drank. It was time to go back to her habitat and she had to take the trip across the moat. Would she get back safely and what happened to her that she decided not to have any more candy and soda?
Saved by the Burp: Rogilla Gorilla and the Great Escape by Rodo Sofranac is an adorable story that will bring a smile to the faces of children. Rogilla's character is loveable and children will be delighted reading about her exploits. Her story of a Great Escape makes it a fun read. Mark Sean Wilson breathes life into the story and characters and gives the plot a good pace and movement with the illustrations. The story is a good way to tell children to eat healthily and be polite if they are letting out a burp. The author also explains well what a burp means. The exercises at the end of the story are fun and interactive and children will enjoy doing them. It is definitely a story that parents and tutors can use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms and school libraries.