I think everyone does! A partner in crime and a silent buddy to blame all of your life's messes on. The Gorilla Did It, Barbara Shook Hazen's classic tale is fast approaching it's 30th birthday and remains as true and apt today as when it was written in 1974. Preschool children today are drawn to the story just as they were then and their parents will love reading it with them and chuckle at the gorilla's mischief as well!
A gorilla wakes a sleeping child up and encourages him to make a mess of his room. When confronted by his mother about the mess, the boy tells her it wasn't his fault it was the gorilla who did it.
Ray Cruz's illustrations deftly convey the humor and hilarity of the situation. They add nicely to the story and will give parent and child many opportunities to talk. I love the picture of the gorilla on his back rolling in the soap suds on the floor while Mother and child discuss who made the mess.
This is a delightful story for both parent and child.