With a sleepover party coming up, Gilbert wonders if he will be able to fall asleep without the help of his mother's soothing lullaby. By the author of Monster Soup and Other Spooky Poems.
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In Rogers's ( The Christmas Pageant ) second solo effort, realism is rather disconcertingly combined with anthropomorphic fantasy: depicted in intricately detailed watercolors, her characters are young jungle creatures who wear boys' clothes and live in bamboo huts filled with tropical flora. When Gilbert Gorilla is invited for a sleep-over date with his best friends (an elephant, a rhino and a crocodile), he's not sure if he can make it through the night without Mama's special goodnight song. Once he arrives at Eddie the elephant's house, Gilbert enjoys a typical sleep-over, complete with rowdy games ("Pin-the-Flies-on-the-Hyena") and a pizza dinner. The story line tends toward the overly sweet: when Gilbert cries for the clown toy he forgot to bring with him, the problem is rather coyly resolved when the gorilla's friend does "something special . . . giving Gilbert his teddy bear." By the time it is "Gilbert's turn to do something special," the word "special" has grown a wee bit precious. Though in the end Gilbert does get by with a little help from his friends, his distress may reaffirm younger readers' fears of sleep-overs. Ages 3-6.
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Gilbert Gorilla is so excited about his elephant friend Eddie's slumber party that he forgets to take along his toy clown, in case he can't fall asleep. All goes well until bedtime- -the four friends (including Ricky Rhino and Conner Crocodile) have a splendid time playing games like ``Pin-the-Flies-on-the- Hyena,'' sharing a pizza, and having a humongous pillow fight. Still, once he's snuggled into his sleeping bag, Gilbert can't restrain his sobs. His friends rally round to comfort him: they play him a special song, Ricky loans him his teddy bear, and by morning everything's fine again. The story holds no surprises- -though it's well told, and making the nurturing friends male is a nice touch--but Rogers's delicate watercolors are enchanting. The expressively rendered animals in their imaginatively patterned pj's are all boy, whether romping, intent on pictures they're drawing, or yawning themselves awake after a late night; there are dozens of intriguing and delightful details to discover. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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