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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Gorillas' Night Out is a children’s animal adventure story book written by Faith Goldstein with pictures by Elizabeth Brawley. When night falls in the Big City, something special happens at the Central Park Zoo. At the stroke of eight o’clock, the monkeys open up every gate and unlock every cage. Every night, the animals have the zoo all to themselves and they spend their time dancing, singing and playing. No one ever knew about this; it was a secret kept by the animals alone. But one night, something different happened. At eight, the monkeys opened the gates as usual, but the gorillas decided to take the nightly adventures just a bit further. They left the zoo. Pete the Gorilla was the leader, with Skeet, Treat and little Marguerite not far behind. They decided to visit Park Ave West. There were so many brightly lit shops to explore. Who knew what exciting things they could find to do there?
Faith Goldstein’s Gorillas' Night Out is an imaginative and fun look at what the animals in the zoo do when all the people go home at night. I loved the images of the animals all together and having a grand time, and felt right at home with Pete and his gorilla pals as they head towards Park Ave. Goldstein’s story is told in language that makes this book a perfect primer for new readers as well as a soon-to-be favorite for story hour. Elizabeth Brawley’s illustrations are dramatic and fun, especially those featuring the gorillas as they take the town -- literally. Any child who’s had the opportunity to visit New York City’s Central Park Zoo will be especially thrilled by this book. It brought back memories of my own visits there. Gorillas' Night Out is most highly recommended.