Author: Mack, Jeff
Bedtime can be a challenge for the best of us. But when you're a fun-loving, overactive pet gorilla, bedtime is downright hard. Who would want to go to sleep when Playtime is so much more fun? But the gorilla's responsible friend thinks enough is enough; no more fun and games. It's not Playtime, It's Bedtime! So the boy turns off the lights.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/16)
Booklist (+) (04/01/16)
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Booklist - 04/01/2016 *Starred Review* Mack’s latest is a simple, well-crafted bedtime story with a twist. Children who love having the tables turned will be delighted, and the fact that Mack primarily uses only two words (playtime and bedtime) makes it easy for even young children to read along. A young child and a mischievous—but lovable—gorilla are at loggerheads. The child insists on bedtime, and the gorilla on playtime. The oversized gorilla’s face is dominated by large eyes never ready to close and a mouth that loves to grin. He’s not naughty, just persistent. His colorful toys and playtime antics are true to a child’s world (well, maybe not swinging upside down on the ceiling fan), and his watchword, “PLAYTIME,” is splashed across the page with letters as lively as he is, keeping the energy high. The child’s delight in finally putting his pal to sleep (with a clever ploy) is satisfying for all. Young readers will enjoy watching a child take on the role of a parent, and sharing this book will be a delight. Multiple readings are sure to be demanded before bedtime finally comes. Pair with How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000), by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, for another variant on bedtime difficulties with a happy resolution. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.