"The Gorilla and the Fairy" is a beautifully illustrated book with an allegorical story about domestic violence. For those who are in a domestic violence situation this is probably a very good book. It details the most common techniques that an abuser uses to separate the victim from their support system and the common fears and thoughts of the victim. With a positive ending it is an encouraging book for those in that situation that shows them that they are not the only ones in that position and there is a choice. It may not be easy, but it is there.
The other group that would probably benefit from this book would be those that have recently come out of a domestic violence situation and are still in the healing process. Healing can take a long time and the book provides encouragement to help them heal.
This is a great book to use as a starting place for a serious discussion of domestic violence with children, teenagers just starting to experiment with relationships and those who are in, just out of, or know someone in an abusive relationship.
I did find something disturbing about the book but had a really hard time putting my finger on what it was. So, I asked a couple of people that had been in those situations to read it and give me their thoughts. I also asked a couple that had been in such a situation and now were happily married. The ones that were out of such a relationship but now happily married also found something disturbing about the book but could not figure out what it was. Finally we sat down and figured out what bothered us about the book. There is absolutely no positive male image in the book at any point. The picture of the rescuing angels are all female, no indication of a male fairy also out in the light and helpful and supportive. I can accept that people in that situation may have lost their faith in members of the opposite sex and need to trust only people of the same sex while they heal. That makes this book an excellent read for them. However, for those that have not been in those situations or have come out and are now healed it is more of a good jumping off point for a serious and animated discussion of the problem.
A very small book that takes a maximum of 30 minutes to read, for those that are in a violence situation and starting to wonder about the relationship, it could be a wonderful read and is highly encouraged. For anyone else, it is better as a discussion starting point.