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Good Night, Gorilla


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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.


Several familiar book friends take new forms. A board book version of Peggy Rathmann's bedtime tale of a mischievous gorilla who follows the zookeeper home comes with a plush version of the hero in a large boxed set, Good Night, Gorilla: Book and Plush. About this story, PW said, "Universally understandable subject matter and a narrative conveyed almost entirely through pictures mark this as an ideal title for beginners." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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

"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

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