Good Night, Gorilla

by PeggyRathmann

Hardcover, 1994



Call number




PutnamPublishingGroup (1994)


An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Media reviews

Courtney E. Mahr
I especially like this book because of its humor. This book can be integrated into a lesson about animals (gorillas) or a nighttime.

User reviews

LibraryThing member SugarPlumFairy
A hands-down favorite with each of my three kids! There is so much detail in this little book--we love matching the keys to the cages, looking for the ballon growing ever smaller on each cage, seeing which toy each animal has ("Hey! Babar!"), and especially Mrs. Zookeeper's big eyes. This book is a
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must-have in every toddler's library.
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LibraryThing member Ian2
The story is in the pictures: The gorilla lets out the animals in the zoo and follows the zoo keeper home! Mrs zoo keeper is not amused with her roomful of animals and returns all the animals back to the zoo.
LibraryThing member dchaves
Only pictures describe the actions taking place. The gorilla steals the zookeepers keys and releases the animals from the zoo. Its the zookeeper's wife who returns the animals upon discovery. Follow the balloon and the mouse and banana through all the pictures. Kids love that the gorilla is getting
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away with his actions. The end result - the gorilla is in the zookeepers bed - the place where kids are always trying to climb into.
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LibraryThing member Mirandalg14
A cute kids book about a sneaky gorilla.
LibraryThing member mayalanda
This is a continuous favorite. The illustrations are magical and beautiful. There are great animals including a mouse on every page. We read this over and over and over.
LibraryThing member nbmars
Yet another hilarious takeoff on "Goodnight, Moon." In this adorable board book, the zookeeper says goodnight to each of the animals, but the gorilla steals his keys, follows him around, and lets each animal out of its cage after the zookeeper says goodnight. They all follow the zookeeper home and
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get in bed with him and his wife.

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LibraryThing member dchaikin
Gorilla steals some keys and lets all the zoo animals out of their cages.... and they all try sneak in the zookeepers bedroom to sleep. The story is in the pictures, not the words. It's cute and very clever. My 2-yr-old likes to follow a balloon that released as Gorilla escapes and drifts farther
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away with each page. My daughter liked this best about when she turned 3 and could follow the whole story, laughing hysterically when the zookeepers wife discovers all the animals in her room.
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LibraryThing member kaitye24
There was a story in the pictures. Hardly any words but the pictures told the story. Great for children who are learning to read and determine pictuers
LibraryThing member RobertaRogers
This story is about a zoo keeper and how he goes around and tells all of the animals good nite before he heads home. He starts with the monkey and as the zoo keeper turns around the monkey grabs his keys and lets himself out of his cage. The monkey does the same thing to every animal in the zoo
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after the keeper tells them good night. The animals follow the keeper home and his wife wakes up and notices the animals and takes them back to the zoo.

I thought this book was funny. I could not stop smiling while I was reading it.

I would use this book in my library for the students to read on their own. I do not think it would be a good read aloud book. It will be helpful if you were doing animals or a zoo unit.
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LibraryThing member aengle
Kindergarten and First graders are probably the two grade levels that should read this because it is very simple with short, repetitive phrases that makes what comes next easy to predict.
LibraryThing member elle0467
Gorilla is up to no good from the start. He takes the keys from the zoo guard and as the guard says good night to each creature, gorilla unlocks the cages of each animal that has been passed and said good night to. Eventually all the animals end up in the bedroom of the guard and his wife. When she
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finally wakes up and has to take all the animals back to their cages.
-A great funny story for kids to laugh about animals
-Great for teaching a lesson in obedience
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LibraryThing member jcraft
Good Night Gorilla is the story about a Gorilla who gets loose at the zoo and the zany things he can get into when he's loose at the zoo.
LibraryThing member mbrockington624
As the zoo keeper makes his nightly rounds a mischievous gorilla lifts his keys and lets all the other animals out behind the zoo keeper. This board book is sparsely worded and relies on the brightly colored illustrations to tell the story. Children will enjoy the vividly imagined illustrations as
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they follow along and help to tell the story; developing both creativity and visual literacy. The repetitive structure makes it easy to guess what is coming next and works well for emerging readers. This is a great interactive bedtime story for preschoolers through first grade
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LibraryThing member richardgulick
In this bedtime story a sneaky little gorilla borrows the zoo keepers keys and frees the other animals as the zoo keeper says good night. The zoo keepers wife puts all the animals back to bed but, the sneaky little gorilla gets out again and sleeps with the zoo keeper and his wife.

This book seems
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perfect for small children learning to read, the line good night repeats, but it list the different animals. A fun book to read to your child then have them read it to you.

As an early childhood ed. teacher this is a book I could read to the class before nap time.
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LibraryThing member kdangleis
Peggy Rathmann's use of humor entertains both child and adult in this cute bedtime story. The board book is easily handled by toddlers and the antagonistic gorilla is laugh-out -loud funny to the last page! The tired zookeeper says good night to all the animals as he leaves the zoo. Little does he
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know, the sneaky gorilla has swiped his keys and is following him, unlocking animals' cages in the process. The zookeeper gets home (unknowingly with all the animals in tow), falls into bed and is bid good night by his half-asleep wife who reaches to turn out the light above the bed. When she hears all of the animals respond "good night" to her she turns back on the light and marches them all back to the zoo. On her way home, she is followed by the gorilla and his mouse friend, who is still carrying the keys and looking at and signaling for the reader to be quiet. The book ends with the gorilla and mouse sleeping in bed between the zookeeper and his wife. All the animals are drawn soft and cuddly looking, so even the hyena looks like an animal a child would want to cuddle up with. The pictures are full-page and done in bright, yet soft colors. The text is limited to everyone saying "good night" to each other and is not found on every page. This book would be best read to pre-K children, although the adults I have shared it with get a kick out of it too.
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LibraryThing member farfromkansas
Peggy Rathmann’s Good Night, Gorilla is an adorable bedtime story about a mischievous gorilla that lets all of the zoo animals out of their cages. As the story begins, the night security guard (a mustached man named Joe) walks around the zoo saying goodnight to all of the animals; little does he
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know that the gorilla has stolen his keys and is following Joe, unlocking the cages of these animals as Joe bids them goodnight. The animals all follow Joe back to his house and curl up for sleep, until Joe’s wife realizes what has happened and leads the animals back to the zoo. Somehow, the gorilla and his little mouse friend manage to sneak back into Joe’s house and go to sleep… unbeknownst to Joe and his wife.

Rathman’s book is a sweet tale that utilizes very few words (half of the pages have only pictures without text), but still creates a calming effect with its repetitive use of the phrase “good night.” This story does resemble Brown and Hurd’s classic Goodnight Moon, as a character bids goodnight to his/her surroundings, but Rathman’s illustrations are more cartoonish and kid-friendly. Her use of dark colors will help ease young children into sleep and provide a gentle transition into bedtime. Although Good Night, Gorilla is only sixteen years old, it is definitely destined to become a classic children’s picture book.

Rathmann, Peggy. Good Night, Gorilla. New York: Putnam, 1994. Print.
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LibraryThing member btivis
Good Night, Gorilla is a picture book with very few words and relies on the pictures to tell the story. The zookeeper is going around telling the animals goodnight before he leaves. Unknowingly to him, the monkey has his keys and is letting all of the animals out. They follow him all the way home,
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and as he tells his wife goodnight, they all respond by telling him goodnight. His wife leads all of the animals back to the zoo where they belong.
I thought this was a very cute book that young children would enjoy. The story line is very humorous, showing that the zookeepers wife is not surprised to have all of the animals in the bedroom. My children really enjoyed it.
I would use this in my classroom to practice predicting with younger children.
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LibraryThing member EmilyPhilips
Good Night, Gorilla is a story about a gorilla who lets all the animals out of the zoo, one by one, but ends up spending the night with the zookeeper he upset. It is a book aimed at a very young elementary age. It is repetitive with a cumulative storyline, which is attractive to young readers and
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easy to predict.
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LibraryThing member humouress
A very funny book. Though the illustrations seem simple and straightforward (and the story certainly is), they contain a wealth of information, and it seems that every time I read the story, I discover something new. We were given this book when my six-year-old was born, and - dusting it off today
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to read to my one-year-old - I noticed things in the pictures I hadn't noticed before (the colours of the cages and the keys, in this instance). There are so many interesting things to point out, as your child gets older, to encourage them to learn and then discover for themselves as they discuss what is happening in the story.
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LibraryThing member hetrickm
This is book is a great example to kiddos that stories don't have to have so many words before they are good stories. This might be a great opener for introducting kiddos to Hugo Cabaret and its limited text for older students.
LibraryThing member jcofsky
When a zoo keeper decides to leave for the night and say good night to all the animals, it doesn't really go as planned. The gorilla unlocks his own cage followed by the cages of all the other animals. So, when the zoo keeper goes to say goodnight to his wife he gets a response back from many
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animals too.
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LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
Daddy and Peter loved this - it was a favourite for about two months. Nearly wordless, it gave lots of scope of story telling, and tiny details like the animal's dolls and colour coded cages gave them something interesting to look for each time.
LibraryThing member Mollyphillips
Goodnight Gorilla is the story of a gorilla stealing the zookeepers keys and as he says goodnight to all the animals, the gorilla follows him and lets them all out. The wife wakes up and takes them all back to their cages, and it all starts again. The book is full of bright colors and cute animals.
LibraryThing member Elizabeth1977
This wordless picture book tells the story of a zookeeper who goes home at night and unbeknownst to him is followed by the zoo animals. A silly story that children will love to narrate.
LibraryThing member DayehSensei
In this practically wordless story, a mischievous gorilla sneaks into his zookeepers' house twice-- even after all the other zoo animals who tried to sneak in have been led back to their cages. The simplicity and simple message (of love and mischief) is communicated very clearly to young readers.
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This is one of my son's favorites.
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