Photo: Jessie Pascoe

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"I, too, dream of banana-cream pie."
Just about all of us have had a Jane-Goodall-wannabe moment of eye contact with some zoo-bound primate, during which it's clear the monkey (or gorilla, baboon or lemur) has seen deep into our soul. Which must be how this Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon knows that a smidgeon of tongue makes him, impossibly, even more lovable. That...and his dream of fattening desserts that include the name of fruits, without any actual fruit.

ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland (Simon & Schuster).