Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Gorilla Did It

The Gorilla Did It. Barbara Shook Hazen. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Childhood copy]

First sentence: Shhh! Go away. I can't play. I'm sleeping. Okay. But you've got to be quiet, or Mommy'll be mad.

Premise/plot: A little boy gets into trouble, but it's NOT his fault. The gorilla did it. Really. Or did he?!
Who made this mess?
The gorilla did it.
What gorilla?
The gorilla on my bike....
He didn't mean to.
It was an accident.
Just look! There's food all over the floor and grape juice under the radiator, and all your clean clothes are a sight! Don't tell me a gorilla did all this while you were sound asleep.
I wasn't asleep. He wouldn't let me. 
My thoughts: I loved, loved, LOVED this book as a kid. I consider it one of my prized possessions. And I always feel better when I know where it is. The illustrations date this one a bit. I think books from this era can be spotted practically a mile away. But I love it just as much as ever. Even if I do want to give the characters a makeover. The illustrations are in black and white except for the gorilla which is printed in blue. 

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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