gorilla
AT A GLANCE
Age
1-2 years
Touch/Feel/Manipulate?
No
Lift-the-flap?
No
Pop-up?
No
Sound?
No
Available in Spanish?
N/A

Goodnight Gorilla

By Peggy Rathmann
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

 

“GOOD NIGHT”, I shouted.

“good night”, I whispered.

“Good night”, I gruffled.

This was my son’s favorite page. This is really a wonderful story with hardly any text, which gives you the flexibility to make the story your own. The pictures are engaging as you watch a mischievous gorilla let animals out of their cages and into the zoo keeper’s bedroom. This book also passed the longevity test as my son wanted to read this book month after month.

But what makes this book superior is that the content makes it so easy to make text- to-world connections. One evening there was a lost squirrel in our garage. Using the same tone and words in the story, I said, “No, no, no, squirrel, bye bye!” And my little 20 month old stopped for a moment and repeated, “bye bye” followed by “No, no, no gorilla”! He then wanted me to read the story. Most of us will have an opportunity to tell our toddler that there’s an unwanted guest in the house, like a spider or ant. I’ve also “read” this story while driving the car to keep him entertained in the back seat. I believe this encouraged him to start using his imagination.

Reviewed by Raquel

Book image via amazon.com

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