I was happy to be interviewed by Tara Anderson for her brilliant Five Things Podcast, via Louisville, KY’s NPR station WFPL. I was asked to bring in five items that mean a lot to me and discuss them. This included my grandpa’s broken Timex watch, the complete lyrics of Johnny Mercer and more.
Thank you, Florida Times-Union, for this stellar review of Go Go Gorillas!
Beware: The subtitle of this book, “A romping bedtime tale” is a little misleading. Reading this book, with its infectious rhymes and swinging plotline, will encourage a lot more dancing than it will snoozing. Instead, use “Go Go Gorillas” for as a prelude to afternoon playtime.
Author Patrick Wensick is the best-selling author of five books for adults. “Go Go Gorillas” is his first book for youngsters. Here’s hoping he does more.
Today I got a big box of gorillas in the mail!
Available everywhere August 22, or right now in my living room.
A funny, exuberant rhyming bedtime story about what really goes on at the zoo at night. When kids visit the animals during the day, the gorillas are all lethargic. It turns out, they have been dancing all night. The zookeeper Jed tries to get them to go to sleep but eventually joins the dance party, too. The pictures have deep, vibrant colors and lots of action. The gorillas do lots of different kinds of dancing, such as the tango, the Charleston, reggae, funk, and even the robot. Some of the gorillas also act as disc jockeys and swing from the trees. The friendly gorillas look like they are having a great time. Kids will enjoy the rhymes in this funny, busy picture book, and the vibrant artwork adds to the fun.
VERDICT A rollicking read-aloud for storytime, but parents might want a quieter selection for bedtime.
–Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elementary, FL
Go Go Gorillas is released in less than a month. August 22, to be exact!
Here is a teaser of all the fun.
Hmmm. I wonder if book store owners would be okay with me kicking off readings with one of these?