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Ding Dong! Gorilla!

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While his mother gets ready upstairs, a boy is waiting for delivery of a great big pizza with extra cheese. When the doorbell rings, it isn't the pizza guy - it's - a gorilla! Without even being invited in, the gorilla heads straight for mischief. He dumps out the boy's toy box, colors on the walls, kicks soccer balls in the house, and makes a giant mess in the kitchen. And that's not even the bad news! While all this mayhem is going on, the real pizza boy comes, and the gorilla...

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Overview

While his mother gets ready upstairs, a boy is waiting for delivery of a great big pizza with extra cheese. When the doorbell rings, it isn't the pizza guy - it's - a gorilla! Without even being invited in, the gorilla heads straight for mischief. He dumps out the boy's toy box, colors on the walls, kicks soccer balls in the house, and makes a giant mess in the kitchen. And that's not even the bad news! While all this mayhem is going on, the real pizza boy comes, and the gorilla doesn't leave any for the family!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gorillas: they’re not all gently mischievous, as in Peggy Rathmann’s Good Night, Gorilla, or artistic and pensive, like in Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan. Sometimes they’re downright destructive. That’s certainly the case for the hulking specimen the young narrator accidentally lets into his family’s home, thinking it’s the pizza guy. “I didn’t invite the gorilla in,” says the boy, ostensibly talking to his parents. “He just barged right past me.” The gorilla embarks on a path of suspiciously childlike destruction, dumping toys and clothing on the floor, coloring on the walls, and storing DVDs everywhere from a cereal box to the toilet bowl. Bold typefaces highlight the gorilla’s worst offenses in Robinson’s (Yak Yuk) emphatic prose—as well as the boy’s claims of his own innocence. In digital illustrations with the feel of loose crayon drawings, Lord (The Super Hungry Dinosaur) creates mess after mess as the boy explains that the worst news is yet to come. After all the mayhem, the closing zinger doesn’t pack enough of a punch, but readers will enjoy debating the reliability of the boy’s alibi. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—After a gorilla shows up at the door, a boy has the wildest night of his life. Unfortunately, he then must explain to his family about crayon on the walls, toys and piles of dirty clothes all over the house, and a broken window and vase (spoiler: the gorilla did it). And that's not even the bad news! When the delivery boy arrives with dinner, the gorilla scares him away and then eats all of the pizza. Soon after, the animal slips discreetly out the door, too, leaving the boy to explain the situation, and his family with a messy house and nothing to eat. This British import has a "Cat in the Hat " vibe, though the textured illustrations (which are digitally rendered and have an oil pastel look to them) add softness to the piece; even at his most troublesome, the gorilla looks so sweet that all must be forgiven.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
The mayhem begins with a pizza delivery, but blame it all on the gorilla. The inclination to deny culpability is a universal one, and young children are especially good at it. So when there's mischief afoot, a small boy with a very inventive imagination places all the responsibility on a mysterious gorilla who manages to absent himself just as mother appears on the scene. After all, how else to explain toys and DVDs scattered about, crayon drawings on the wall, a pile of clothes on the floor, a broken window and furniture, a chocolate-covered kitchen and other assorted disasters? He describes each episode, emphasizing his own complete innocence, and follows with "But that's not the bad news," indicating there's worse to come. That is left to the conclusion and an empty pizza box. Robinson builds the action with one hilarious explanation after another, seamlessly partnered with Lord's digitally rendered illustrations that fly across the pages. The little antihero's facial expressions indicate that he is appropriately appalled and concerned by this gorilla's outlandish behavior. The gorilla, on the other hand, seems to genuinely enjoy his exploits. The text is peppered with a smorgasbord of typefaces that grow larger and bolder as the events grow more improbable. Read it with a little fibber and just laugh and enjoy. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457304
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Sales rank: 1,436,843
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    a little boy blames the Gorilla for all his mess. But would you

    a little boy blames the Gorilla for all his mess. But would you believe that the Gorilla just rang the door bell and made the mess while you were waiting for the pizza to be delivered. A very cute consequence book, teaching children simple rules taking care of their things, and keeping their room clean... 

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Title: The Ding Dong Gorilla Author: Michelle Robinson & Leo

    Title: The Ding Dong Gorilla
    Author: Michelle Robinson & Leonie Lord
    Publisher: Peachtree Pubishers
    Published: 9-16-2013
    ISBN: 13-978-1-561-45730-4
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    Pages: 32
    Genre: Children's Literature
    Tags: Fiction


    As a little boy awaits the arrival of the Pizza Delivery Boy his mother takes a showers. While waiting a Gorilla arrives and lays waste to the house, the garden and the pizza, that finally arrives.


    We have all heard some outrages excuses and explanations on how something happened. As you read this book to your little ones you will be recalling quite a few of them. A Cute little story for very small children with colorful and attention grabbing illustrations. The story is reminiscent of a mixture of Chicken Little and the Sky Is Falling and The Little Blue Vase from my childhood. Well received by my youngest nieces and nephews as a nap time read. They pointed out the different objects and laughed at the story line. Other than two separate edit mistakes which I am sure are corrected in the final round of edits this is an adorable story you little ones will love.

    I received a copy of Ding Dong Gorilla in exchange for my honest review.

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