Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale by Patrick Wensink, illustrated by Nate Wragg
You may think the title of this syncopated rhyming picture book by Patrick Wensink with illustrations by Nate Wragg says it all, but what you don't know until you begin reading Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale is where these gorillas are go-going at night and why they seem so boring during the day. Wragg's colorful, chunky, animated illustrations, set against a dark night sky, are superbly silly, bringing the rhymes to life.
When the sun goes down and the visitors to the zoo are long gone, the gorillas begin their revelry with a feast that includes bunches of bananas and mountains of marshmallows. That is, until the zookeeper appears, speaking, "soft and low," telling those apes to, "grab their jammies. Go, go, go, go." The apes comply, but once they are alone again, the party roars back to life. Dancing and more dancing are interrupted with admonishments to return to sleep until finally, the zookeeper gives in and does the twist with the gang, wowing them with his moves. While the message of Go Go Gorillas: A Rollicking Bedtime Tale might be mixed, it's clear that listeners and readers will love this book - and read it over and over!
Look for Gorillas Go Bananas coming in 2018! Until then, check out If You Haven't Read These Dr. Seuss Books to Your Kids You're Missing Out, a great piece that Patrick Wensink wrote for Brightly, a fantastic resource (after books4yourkids.com, of course) for reading recommendations, reading lists and all sorts of other reading related topics in the world of kid's books. They also have great recommendations for those rare moments you get to read books written for adults...
Source: Review Copy