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GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA

Author: Peggy Rathmann

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1994

Material: board book

Summary: A gorilla who follows the zoo keeper around with his keys, setting the animals free so they can go sleep in the zookeeper's bedroom. A cute bedtime book about animals at the zoo and their relationship with the zookeeper...and his wife.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with child when she was 20 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler loves this book--it is one of his/her favorite bedtime stories. S/he imitates the sounds of the animals and mimics the facial expressions of Mrs. Zoo Keeper.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an unusual yet fun book because the only words are "Good night." The nuances of the pictures, with lots of detail, play a large role in the story. Toddler still notices new objects after a month of reading it every night. It is a great first book for baby.

Pros: Fun and silly story, great pictures, lovable animals that toddler will want to come sleep in their room!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is an entertaining book for both toddler and parent.

If You Liked This Book, Try: IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE   OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS   HUGS AND KISSES

Educational Themes: With all the subtleties of the illustrations, there is lots to learn: animal identification, life in the zoo, jobs, moods/expressions, going to bed.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, humor, picture book, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

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