Does anyone else have this book? Is your toddler obsessed with it? Can you tell me why? Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman has made it’s way into our house several times. We now own three copies, each one is read about 2 or 3 times a day.
Here is the thing about this book. If you just read it as it is written it is BEYOND boring. There are several pages that don’t even have words. Therefore, you must put in a ton of effort to engage your child in this book. Frequent ad-libbing is required and you must ask a ton of questions that you already know the answer to like: “Where is the Gorilla?” “Can you find the mouse?” “What does the Lion say?” Quite frankly, it’s gets exhausting after the second or third time though but Leo seems to love it so I will soldier on…
I highly recommend that you purchase this book for new or expectant parents as a gift so that they can suffer as I do…
(written while Leo is with daddy at the train)
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt is one of those books that makes me a little weepy. Probably, because I have read it to Leo about two million times. When I ask him to choose his own bedtime book this is one of his frequent picks. This is book for little boys and their mamas.
From the books back cover: “Even if her little boy were an alligator or a super-smelly skunk, this mother would love her child unconditionally.”
This about sums it up. It’s hard to explain unconditional love to a toddler but I think this sweet little book does a pretty good job. The book as two “parts,” the mama and her son; Leo loves it when I read each part in a different voice. I usually try to do something soothing and calm for the mama and high-pitched and whiney for the son- am I projecting?
Leo frequently has be go back and re-read the page that asks “Mama, if I were a big, scary ape? Would you still love me then?” I wonder what that’s all about?