I wasn’t originally planning on any events for the release of Murilla Gorilla, but after talking with local children’s bookstore Monkeyshines, they convinced me it would be a great idea and offered to host a book launch. Many thanks to Sue of Monkeyshines - I’m looking forward Saturday, June 22!
UK blog Read It Daddy! weighs in on Murilla Gorilla: Jungle Detective in an amazing review, congratulating author Jennifer Lloyd for “creating a character, a setting and stories that have broad appeal across genders and age groups”
There is mischief afoot at the Mango Market, and Murilla Gorilla is on the case. In this first entry in a new series of early reader mysteries, Murilla is hired by Mrs. Chimpanzee to solve the case of her missing banana muffins. Readers won’t need to borrow Murilla’s magnifying glass to follow along with the clues, which establish a motive and possible suspect early on. Murilla’s meandering detection allows readers to meet several supporting characters who represent the variety of exotic animals living in the jungle. And though Murilla may wander, the text does not; the chapters are succinct and the vocabulary focused, keeping new readers on track and interested. The illustrations are awash with soft pastels, creating a backdrop as warm as the sun over the African rain forest. Often sleepy, slightly disorganized, but never in a rush, Murilla Gorilla has her own methods, which mystify and frustrate her client but get the job done.