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May 03, 2004


Penny's last post made me think about Goodnight Moon, one of the bedtime books that go-Daddy-O never chooses to read to Ella.

"It just doesn't do anything for me," he says.

However, I've heard many parents say that this book is one of their all-time favourites...and, more importantly, I've heard that children love this book.

goodnight_gorillaOur child absolutely adores Good Night, Gorilla--she'll hunt through a pile of board books, flinging each one to the ground until she finds the one she's looking for, and then she'll shove it into our hands. "Oooo. Oooo." She points at the cheeky gorilla on the front cover, and then flips the pages, two at a time, until she gets to the page where the gorilla's eyes are popping out of the darkness.

Clapping ensues, and then shouts of glee are heard as soon as we turn the page. I always pretend to be the zoo keeper's wife: "There's a gorilla my the bed!" The narrative continues. The zoo keeper's wife takes the animals back to the zoo, and then crawls back into bed. Of course, the gorilla has managed to sneak into the bed as well, and in the final scene, a little mouse (who is also in the bed) wishes the gorilla good night, but the gorilla is already sound asleep. "Zzzzzzz."

"Brilliant," says go-Daddy-O. And I agree. This book never fails to get a response from Ella, who starts making "Zzzzzz" sounds three or four pages before the end. After reading it over and over again, I'm adding Peggy Rathman's Good Night, Gorilla to my children's book canon, along with Sandra Boynton's Barnyard Dance (another one of Ella's favourites) and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (my favourite book from childhood).

Check out Reading to my Kid for a comprehensive list of classic children's books. I've read so few books on her list that I didn't follow up on her meme, but it's a great idea.

What's on your list of favourite children's books?

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"How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?"
"Who Needs Donuts?"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House"
"Professor Wormbog in Search of the Zipperump-a-Zoo"

Posted by: rachel | May 4, 2004 3:27:05 PM

Oooo! I love Goodniught Gorilla too (as do my girls) But lately they really love Seuss - they love to recite Green Eggs and ham with me every night!

Posted by: Helene | May 5, 2004 4:14:14 PM

Oh, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight is wonderful. I usually don't much like Jane Yolen, but that one is great --except it makes me mad that all the dinosaurs are boys.

Professor Wormbog -- I just discovered this one! though it's an oldie. Very entertaining -- but (like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) for a much older crowd than Dinosaurs or Gorilla.

--E (from Reading to My Kid)

Posted by: E. | May 5, 2004 5:51:52 PM

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