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!
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!