Top critical review
Not a good story, no lessons to learn, perhaps even some bad ones
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2013
This book looks great on the cover. But unfortunately, as they say, you can't always judge a book by it's cover.
Nice hard-cover book, gorgeous illustrations. What I really didn't like was that this book didn't have any meaningful story at all. It is a story about a boy and his father, and when they are going for a trip, their car breaks down, and they get towed to an automotive shop run by gorilla's.
Even if you were to expand your realm of imagination and go along with it, what I really didn't like was the ending in which, the chief mechanic tells the father that the repair was really expensive, but it would be free if the father let his young kid drive the car away.
At the beginning of the story, the kid was asking the father if he could drive, and the in the kids words "I asked to drive, but he (ie the father) laughed till he cried". Perhaps it is just me but encouraging very young kids to get behind the wheel of a car is not a good idea.
And in the end of the story, the father has no choice but to cave in to the extortion-like , playful and truly meaningless demands of the gorillas.
Not recommended for any age.