Gary and Ray by Sarah Adams
Gary the gorilla is the only animal in the jungle who is lonely - all the other animals seem to have companions, and even the people of the village are frightened of him so stay well away. But one day a tiny sunbird thinks he looks so sad that he ventures to talk to him. Soon this unlikely pair are best of friends, so Gary is very upset when one day Ray doesn't show up as usual.
This delightful story of friendships is vividly written and illustrated by an exciting new picture book talent.