by Kate McCarthy in New Illustration on Thursday 7 November 2013

Sonia Penny’s new book John D and Me is the story of a cheeky little gorilla named John Daniel. His character is based on the ‘John Daniel’ of twentieth century fame who was brought into London and lived above a shop with his devoted owner. He ended up in New York before he eventually died. But this story, of course, focuses on the good parts. It is a kids’ book, but I reckon adults will love it just as much.