Good Night Gorilla

  • Title: Good Night Gorilla
  • Author: Peggy Rathmann
  • Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication year: 1994
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“In this practically wordless bedtime story, a weary zoo keeper bids good night to his charges and then goes home to bed. He doesn’t notice, however, that clever Gorilla has pickpocketed his keys and is letting the animals out of their cages, one by one. In single file, they follow the zoo keeper home and settle into comfy spots all around the bedroom he shares with his wife. Finally, a chorus chiming “good night” alerts the zoo keeper’s wife, whose eyes pop open in surprise in the darkness. As the zoo keeper sleeps, she walks the animals home, and her final “Good night, zoo” means business. But watch out: Gorilla has done it again, however this time only Mouse gets to come along.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this article from a website called Kid Activities with Alexa where she includes some activities that can be done with toddlers in companion with this book,
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – Much like I Want My Hat Back and My Lucky Day I really enjoy these absurd and ironic picture books. The soft lines of the characters done by Rathmann make them (the lion, the gorilla, the elephant, the giraffe) all seem less threatening and also less “real.”

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