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Good Night, Gorilla BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Rathmann, Peggy
ISBN: 0399230033     ISBN-13: 9780399230035
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: February 1996
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Annotation: At bedtime, the little gorilla cleverly grabs the zookeeper's keys and frees a parade of animals to follow the keeper home to bed. The zookeeper's wife returns them all--or does she? (Baby/Preschool)
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Zoo animals; Fiction.
Zoos; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Zoos
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL 99768270
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 5.00" H x 6.50" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs)
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q21914
Reading Level: 1.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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 in Publishers 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.

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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996)
Part of the fun of [cf2]Good Night, Gorilla[cf1] (Putnam) (besides watching animals escape behind a somnolent zookeeper's back, and saying ""Good night"" in seven different animal voices) is tracing the moonward progress of the balloon released from the gorilla's cage. In this board-book edition, the balloon is often hard to find or partially cropped out. Stick to the original picture book edition; it has the right format for its audience and is much better produced. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 May #3)
"Universally understandable subject matter and a narrative conveyed almost entirely through pictures mark this as an ideal title for beginners," said PW. Ages 2-6. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.