Good Night, Gorilla (Board book)

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    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 inPublishers 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 © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

    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.


    ISBN 9780399230035
    Genre JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Zoos
    Format Board book
    Publisher Date 1996-02-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Putnam Pub Group
    Copyright Year 1994
    Height 5.0 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Audience Children/juvenile
    Authors Rathmann, Peggy
    Dimensions 8X6X1

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    • Toddler humor

      I'm an infant toddler teacher and have been using this book in the classroom for years. It's a huge hit with the pre-verbal set. Part of the charm is in the wordless story, there is so much for a child to discover. The mouse and the banana on each page. The color of each cage matches the color of its key (ok, maybe only I notice that). The animals all have toy versions of themselves. The biggest hit is when the wife's eyes pop open on the dark page, we have to go back and forth between the sleepy eyes as she turns off the light and the popped open eyes in the dark after she gets a chorus of 'good nights' she wasn't expecting. It's a joke most 20-month-olds get and relish.

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    • Poor size book
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      Do not buy this book. It is too small and a disappointment. I have seen the large book and it's sooo much NOT spend this kind of money for a small book.....I am sending mine back today...

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    • Not what I expected

      I have seen nothing but rave reviews for this book, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. This book has very few words (not enough in my opinion) and very little story. The illustrations are cute, but that is all it has going for it. Get Goodnight Moon instead!

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    • Good Night, Gorilla
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      Good Night, Gorilla has great pictures and little text making it a great book for young children. The pictures are colorful and full of detail. It also teaches children to recognize different animals that can be found in the zoo. We read this story almost daily.

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