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Sam’s Sundaes is far and away the best place on Jelly Bean Street to get your favorite ice cream flavor! One day, five animals dash through the door, hoping little Sam Sundae will whip up the ice cream treat of their dreams. Stinky blue cheese for mouse, fish finger ice cream for cat, squirmy wormy ice cream for chicken, muddy ice cream for hippo, and daisy/grass/dandelion ice cream for cow all seem like excellent choices for each ice cream dreamer. That is, until Gorilla walks in and asks for the most surprising choice of all! This delightfully wacky book will have kids howling with laughter and asking for more, more, more of this deliciously funny story.(Ages 2–6)

2018 Bookbug Picture Book Winner

Chae Strathie and Nicola O'Byrne's Gorilla Loves Vanilla won the 2018 Scottish Book Trust Bookbug Picture Book Prize, which is voted for by children. More than 22,000 votes were cast in total.

"I would like to thank the teachers. I would like to thank librarians, mums and dads, the Scottish Book Trust, and of course all the other wonderful authors who were on the shortlist," Strathie said in an entertaining video. "It really means a lot to have won when there were such brilliant books on the list. And I think that's about it, yeah, and we've thanked everyone, yeah? Hang on a minute! Almost forgot the most important people and that's you! So I'd like to thank all of you, the children, who voted for Gorilla Loves Vanilla. Thousands of you voted, it was wonderful, so thank you very much for that."

Click here to view Chae Strathie's entertaining acceptance speech and interview from YouTube.

About The Author:
Chae Strathie
grew up in the beautiful World Heritage village of New Lanark in central Scotland and he has worked as a reporter and sub-editor for The Sunday Post. His award-winning children’s books include The Loon on the Moon and Jumblebum. Chae lives in a small coastal village in Fife with his wife Corinna, daughter Eilidh, a one-eyed cat, two two-eyed cats, a goldfish (full complement of eyes also) and numerous uninvited spiders (eyes: lots).

About The Illustrator:
Nicola O’Byrne
is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. When she was 5 years old her parents banned Saturday morning television, and she has been drawing ever since. She gets most of her ideas for children’s books when she should be working on something else, and bases all of her characters on people she knows. Nicola was born in Swaziland and has lived in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Kenya, Scotland, and England.


Hardcover / 32 Pages / 9 3/4 x 10 3/4 / 2016

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