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Good Night, Gorilla (Picture Puffins) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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"Good night, Gorilla," says the weary watchman as he walks by the gorilla cage on his nightly rounds at the zoo. The gorilla answers by quietly pickpocketing the guard's keys, stealthily trailing him, and unlocking the cages of every animal the oblivious fellow bids goodnight to. Looking much like an exhausted father, the uniformed guard traipses home toward his cottage, while the lonely zoo animals softly parade behind him. The animals manage to slip into his bedroom and nestle unnoticed near his sleepy wife--until the bold little gorilla goes so far as to snuggle up beside her as she turns out the light. Author and illustrator Peggy Rathmann (creator of the Caldecott-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria) relies more on the nuances of her jewel-toned pictures than on words to pace this giggly bedtime story, making it perfect for observant preschoolers. In one inky-black spread, Rathmann lets only the shocked, wide-open eyes of the guard's wife tell us that the gorilla has been detected! Tiny details such as the faithful, banana-toting mouse and sky-bound pink balloon that appear in each picture keep this book fresh, magical, and fun--even after countless bedtime readings. (Baby to preschool) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
"Universally understandable subject matter and a narrative conveyed almost entirely through pictures mark this as an ideal title for beginners," said PW. Ages 2-6. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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My son's favorite part is when the zookeeper's wife hears all the animals say goodnight, sits up with her eyes wide open and turns on the light to find a smiling gorilla in bed with her. He turns the pages to repeat that over and over.
I like that the illustrations are very detailed, and I can find different things to point out to my son as I narrate the story like the zookeeper's name or that the armadillo has a bottle and pacifier or the banana peel on the last page. When he gets older, I'll ask him who he thinks ate the banana and what he thinks will happen when the zookeeper wakes up in the morning.
The reason I am taking off a star is that our first copy fell apart, and I ordered a second copy. My son loves to turn the pages and was rough with the book. But, I think the bookbinding and spine are done a bit too loosely and that makes it easier to tear apart.
She wore it out just around her first birthday. And by wore it out, I mean, she read it, tugged at the pages, and ripped them out. Then she cried when we were unable to fix the book. I filled in the gaps by playing a video of "Good Night, Gorilla" read by an adorable little girl on YouTube. But...the daughter wanted her own copy again.
Thanks to Prime, the new edition of Gorilla rushed into the house, and life has returned to it's beautiful state.
Great colorful pictures
Lots of background detail
Only ten words, so time to use your imagination
Funny surprise ending
Good for infants, toddlers, and the very early beginning reader
Great to learn types of animals at a zoo
Lots of details
The gorilla stole the key
Find the banana on a string in each drawing