Good Night, GorillaConsumer Rating
- Number of Pages: 34
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Good night, Gorilla. Or are they? Good night, Elephant. Good night, Hyena. Good night, Giraffe. It's bedtime at the zoo, and each of the animals are going to sleep. Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the final laugh in this riotous good-night romp. Who's that short, furry guy with the important in his hand and the mischievous grin?
"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 single animal the oblivious fellow bids goodnight to. In a single inky-black spread, Rathmann lets only the shocked, wide-open eyes inside the guard's wife tell us that the gorilla has been detected! (Baby to preschool) --Gail Hudson 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, creating it perfect for observant preschoolers. Looking a lot like an exhausted father, the uniformed guard traipses house toward his cottage, although the lonely zoo animals softly parade behind him. Tiny details such as the faithful, banana-toting mouse and sky-bound pink balloon that seem in each picture maintain this book fresh, magical, and fun--even following countless bedtime readings.
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