Item description for Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann...
Overview An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo. On board pages.
Publishers Description A must-have board book for all babies. "Good night, Gorilla. Good night, Elephant. " It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? "Good night, Giraffe. Good night, Hyena. " Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.
Citations And Professional Reviews Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1487
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1996 page 243
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5" Width: 6.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Feb 21, 1996
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399230033 ISBN13 9780399230035
Availability 0 units.
More About Peggy Rathmann
Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.
"In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life."
Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.
"I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas."
Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.
"I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister."
The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the "Most Promising New Author" distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.
A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.
"When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house."
That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.
The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.
"We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter."
Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.
copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Peggy Rathmann currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Good Night, Gorilla?
A Classic for Every Family Jun 12, 2008
My 20 month old daughter loves this book. Most nights I get "more" from her meaning "read it one more time". She loves this book and the surprise eyes at the end make her smile every time. I'd recommend buying this book and Ten Minutes Till Bedtime by the same author. If you buy that book, on one of the pages you can see the same illustration as in Goodnight Gorilla outside the window. My 4 year old loves to put the two books together so you can see both illustrations side by side.
Fantastic Kids book!!! May 26, 2008
This is one of our favorite books (my 18 month old and me) It's short on words but the fantastic illistrations tell the story. We read it several times each day. It's one of the first books my daughter brings to me when she wants a story read to her. All the adults that pick it up love it as well. I would recommend it to everyone.
Wonderful book for toddlers May 17, 2008
This is my daughter's very favorite book. We are already on the 2nd copy at 15 months because she wore out the first copy! I highly recommend it. There are new things to discover (and label) each time you look through it with your child (which means it doesn't get as "old" as some other books for the adult!!!). Great vocabulary builder for toddlers!
To each child his own taste... May 14, 2008
A cute concept and gentle story. However, our 25 month old guy never gets past the second page before casting it aside and going for Duck in a Truck, The Going to Bed Book, Goodnight Moon or Where's My Dog Scruff.
Try as I do to make this story more engaging for him by pointing, asking him to find things, imitating animal noises, etc., it just doesn't appeal to him.
Perhaps when he's older and understands the joke better...
LOVE it and so does my son Apr 26, 2008
My son just turned one and this is his first favorite book! We've already broken the binding on our first copy (my son gets so excited to point to the gorilla he manhandles the book) so now I'm going to order the box set with the book and the toy gorilla. This has also become MY favorite kids' book. It is so clever and I just love the sneaky gorilla character who just wants to snuggle up in bed! I am still noticing new elements in the pictures after reading it dozens of times. In the future I will definitely buy this book as a gift. It is just so darn cute.