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Title:
Good night, Gorilla
Author:
Rathmann, Peggy.
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Publication Information:
[Weston, Conn.] : Weston Woods : Scholastic, [1994]

©1994
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately 8 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, analog + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 x 22 cm)
Summary:
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.2 1 Quiz: 21914 Guided reading level: LB.
ISBN:
9781555924249

9780698116498

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Summary

"Good night, Gorilla," says the zookeeper. But mischievous Gorilla isn't quite ready to go to sleep. He'd rather follow the zookeeper on his rounds and let all of the other animals out of their cages. Little night owls can sneak along with Gorilla and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous goodnight romp. Practically wordless yet full of expressive art and hilarious, adorable detail, this book from Caldecott Medal winning author Peggy Rathmann is sure to become a beloved part of children's own bedtime rituals.

ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 1994
Horn Book Fanfare 1995 selection
Parenting Magazine "Best Children's Books of 1994"
New York Public Library 1995 "Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

"In a book economical in text and simple in illustrations, the many amusing, small details, as well as the tranquil tome of the story, make this an outstanding picture book." -- The Horn Book , starred review

"The amiable cartoon characters, vibrant palette, and affectionate tone of the author's art recall Thatcher Hurd's cheerful illustrations. Delightful."-- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

"A clever, comforting bedtime story." -- School Library Journal , starred review

"Jaunty four-color artwork carries the story and offers more with every look." -- Booklist


Author Notes

Peggy Rathmann is the author of a number of books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winning Officer Buckle & Gloria and the highly acclaimed Good Night, Gorilla . Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco with her husband, John Wick.


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. In this limited-word picture book, a gorilla follows the zookeeper as he says good-night to his charges. What the zookeeper doesn't know is that the mischievous gorilla has snatched his keys and is letting out the animals almost as fast as the zookeeper can lock them up. The animals follow him to his house and into the bedroom, where, in an amusing pitch-black spread, a pair of worried wide-open eyes let the zookeeper's wife know that she and her husband are not alone. Jaunty four-color artwork carries the story and offers more with every look. ~--Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Peggy Rathmann's Good Night, Gorilla returns as a hefty, oversize board book. Of this tale of a sneaky simian who escapes from the zoo, PW said, "Universally understandable subject matter and a narrative conveyed almost entirely through pictures mark this as an ideal title for beginners." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A mischievous little gorilla lifts the zoo keeper's keys on the first page of this sparely worded picture book. The brightly colored illustrations basically tell the entertaining story as the gorilla tags along behind the man, gleefully freeing all of the other animals, who then follow him single file into his neat little house. It is his unruffled wife who, without disturbing her sleepy husband, calmly returns the creatures to their cages. Even she, however, does not notice the wily gorilla, who, still in possession of the keys, returns to the house, slips into the big bed, and curls up contentedly between the people for the night. A clever, comforting bedtime story.-Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. In this limited-word picture book, a gorilla follows the zookeeper as he says good-night to his charges. What the zookeeper doesn't know is that the mischievous gorilla has snatched his keys and is letting out the animals almost as fast as the zookeeper can lock them up. The animals follow him to his house and into the bedroom, where, in an amusing pitch-black spread, a pair of worried wide-open eyes let the zookeeper's wife know that she and her husband are not alone. Jaunty four-color artwork carries the story and offers more with every look. ~--Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Peggy Rathmann's Good Night, Gorilla returns as a hefty, oversize board book. Of this tale of a sneaky simian who escapes from the zoo, PW said, "Universally understandable subject matter and a narrative conveyed almost entirely through pictures mark this as an ideal title for beginners." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A mischievous little gorilla lifts the zoo keeper's keys on the first page of this sparely worded picture book. The brightly colored illustrations basically tell the entertaining story as the gorilla tags along behind the man, gleefully freeing all of the other animals, who then follow him single file into his neat little house. It is his unruffled wife who, without disturbing her sleepy husband, calmly returns the creatures to their cages. Even she, however, does not notice the wily gorilla, who, still in possession of the keys, returns to the house, slips into the big bed, and curls up contentedly between the people for the night. A clever, comforting bedtime story.-Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.