Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Ding Dong! Gorilla!

Lord, Leonie (Illustrator)
Peachtree Publishers 2013. 28 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781561457304 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, recurring patterns, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“I didn’t invite the gorilla in. He just barged right past me.” So starts an unusual day for a young boy: one giant mess after another. The boy recounts playing games, dress-up and indoor ball with the gorilla, and the unfortunate consequences that accompany each activity. “And that STILL isn’t the BAD news,” is the refrain that builds tension as the messes upgrade from scattered toys to broken furnishings. How will he explain crayoned walls, smashed vases and a missing pizza to his parents? (“So you probably won’t believe that HE made all this mess.”)

Strong images combine graphic simplicity with a cartoonish sensibility. Varied type style and type layouts contribute to the visual riot. In one image, a chocolate cake-batter storm, a result of the serious misuse of a kitchen blender, dominates the page. Two pairs of eyes—boy and gorilla—pop through the haze. In another, the pizza delivery boy speeds away on his bicycle, while the massive gorilla strides from the home, pizza slice in hand.

In this peppy story, both language and image offer loads of fantasy and fun.

  •  

    With a partner, invent your own stories of good news and bad news. “The good news is that I found a bag of candies that I can share with you. The bad news is ...”

  •  

    Imagine what would happen if a gorilla came to your door. How would you react?

  •  After the book is read aloud, use a graphic organizer to retell the story.
  •  

    Varying text types show emphasis, as in “The gorilla wanted to play dress-up. I COULDN’T STOP HIM!” Create a new version of the book and use similar text features to bring your story to life.

  •  Play a game of Good News / Bad News with a partner.
  •  Make predictions about what would happen if a Gorilla came to your door.
  •  After the book is read aloud, use a graphic organizer to retell the story.
  •  

    Create a new version of the book. Choose whether to dramatize or illustrate it.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts