Perfect Picture Book Friday – Good Night Gorilla

20 Apr

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book…well actually I asked my sister Josie what book I should do this week and she chose this book because it is her favorite book! I reviewed it before on my site (click HERE), but she wants to nominate it for a PPB!

 Good Night Gorilla

By Peggy Rathmann

34 pages – Ages 1+ 

Published by Putnam Juvenile February 21, 1996

Theme/Topic –  Going to bed / humor / imagination

Opening and Synopsis – The first page of the book –

The zoo keeper is taking his nightly walk through the zoo saying good night to all the animals. The sneaky little gorilla snatches the zoo keeper’s keys and escapes from his cage! The little gorilla then decides he’d (and all the other zoo animals) would rather go home with the zoo keeper than stay in the zoo!

Why I liked this book –

This book is awesome for kids who can’t read or have trouble reading. I think the book is hysterical too. There aren’t many words on each page which makes it easier for young children to follow the story. The illustrations are really detailed so it’s fun to add to the story by saying what you think is happening in the pictures. It’s so fun to add-on to the story using your imagination that anyone, even grown-ups, will love doing it. I think it is a great story especially for kids having trouble reading. BUT this is really my sister’s PPBF pick so I’ll let her tell you why she likes it…

Josie – The gorilla is naughty and funny. I like the animals in the zoo. I like when the zoo keeper’s wife looks surprised!







Activities and Resources – You can learn more about the author Peggy Rathmann at her website HERE. I found a great “sequencing” activity made for the book HERE. It helps kids think about the story and put things into order of what happens. There is a whole lesson plan for the book for pre-school kids from Bright Hub Education HERE.

You can read about what zoo keepers do in real life HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

39 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Good Night Gorilla”

  1. ontheplumtree April 20, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    A great recommendation. Thank you for sharing this.


  2. Anonymous April 20, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Great book choice, Erik! Gorilla giggles for all ages that begin with the flip of the cover 😀


  3. Anonymous April 20, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Great book! Gorilla giggles for everyone 😀


  4. Lori Mozdzierz April 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Gorilla giggles from the first page!


  5. Michelle Isenhoff April 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Lol, this post made my day, you guys! I’ve read this one before. It’s really cute.


  6. Jennifer Young April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I enjoyed your review Eric and Jose! Thanks for the resources too! The zoo keeper’s wife does look surprised doesn’t she haha!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      Thank you Ms. Young! I’m glad you liked them! She does look VERY shocked! 🙂


  7. Julie April 20, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Great review Erik! I love how you point out that kids can “read” the story through the illustrations.


  8. Catherine Johnson April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    This is such a fun book, great choice Erik!


  9. Susanna Leonard Hill April 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I LOVE this book!!! Always give it as a new baby gift 🙂 I’m so glad you added it to the list. I can’t believe no one had put it up yet – myself included! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 7:01 am #

      I love it too! Josie had a good suggestion 🙂 I’m glad you like me adding it to the list and am glad you like it Ms. Hill! 😀


  10. smmorris April 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    What a GREAT book! I love it and like the idea of making up your own story, too. Wonderful pictures, so colorful and animated. Nice choice, Josie!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      I’ll tell her you like her choice (she’s still sleeping)! It is awesome! The pictures are magnificently magnificent 😉


  11. Patricia Tilton April 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Great choice Erik and Josie! Loved Josie’s comments. Sounds like a very funny and imaginative book for kids. I remember believing my stuffed animals were real animals and my monkey slept with me at night — now I see it in a book. I haven’t seen this before, so I’m happy your shared it!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      “Thank you Ms. Tilton!” (the two children said together). ||| we’re glad you like the book! It is very funny and imaginative for kids! HA HA Maybe your monkey followed you home from the zoo 😉


  12. Joanna April 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I love this book and it is a great review, Erik. I am starting to be able to guess when it is an author/illustrator just by the review.


  13. Kirsten Larson April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    This is a brilliant book. It has been a family favorite for years! Great recommendation, Erik.


  14. Fats Suela April 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi Erik! I always see this book whenever I visit the children’s section at Barnes & Noble. I don’t have a copy of this book; neither have I read it. I’m taking it as a sign that I should grab a copy from the library! Thanks for sharing those wonderful pages from the book! I agree – he is one mischievous gorilla! 🙂


  15. Robyn Campbell April 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Reading through illustrations. What a beautiful review. That Gorilla is adorable. Love it! I have to get this. It’s just too precious. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      I hope you like the book! The other animals in the zoo are just as cute as the gorilla!


  16. jackie April 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Great review…I think I’ll be getting this for my son’s birthday. Thanks!


  17. patientdreamer April 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Such a cute book Erik. Loved it and thankyou Josie for your review also.


  18. Darlene April 21, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    Tell Josie she picked a good one! I think it would be fun to read to very small children as well.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 21, 2012 at 7:25 am #

      I will tell her 🙂 Yes, I think this could be a great book for a “first book.” Thanks Ms. Foster!


  19. Barbara April 22, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Hi Erik! Great choice. I’d actually forgotten about this book. It’s so funny. THanks for the reminder.

    Grade ONEderful



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