In this fourth novel, Ping, one of the displaced children from the third novel becomes the protagonist when Mrs. Oldknow invites him to stay at Green Knowe.
This novel has none of the fantasy or mysterious happenings of the first three. Instead it tells the story of how an escaped gorilla winds up in Mrs. Oldknow’s garden, and how Ping looks after it.
Again the writing is delightful and vivid, with the author giving us a particularly sensitive account of what it might feel like to be a large beast, far from home, shut up in a zoo.
Perfect for Middle-graders, this book is highly recommended. Five Stars.