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Good Night, Gorilla

by Putnam Juvenile

Estimate to be delivered 18 Dec - 21 Dec


G P Putnam s Sons


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.

Customers Reviews

Pure Delight

5.0 out of 5.0 by Pachamama on September 22, 2017
A childhood classic! Peggy Rathman's magnum opus, which is a must for every library. We started reading this to my daughter, who is now five, when she was around 10 months old, and it is still her all time favorite book. One of her first words was "Rilla, Rilla," which is what she called it, and how she asked for this book by name, daily. This is a "storyteller's" book, mostly images, which allows both the reader and the listener to improvisationally enter into the hilarious imaginary, nocturnal world of a small zoo as its caretaker shuts it down for the night, trailed by a fun-loving, trickster gorilla who not only (spoiler alert) tiptoes behind the zookeeper/night watchman as he first locks the gates and then sneakily unlocks each one and frees the rest of the animals, but then follows the caretaker, animals in tow, to his home, where in for a surprise! From the time she was a baby until now at age 5, my daughter still bursts into gleeful fits of laughter in the book's "surprise" moment, and in fact--the look on the character's face was one of the very first imitations of a facial expression she ever did, and her very first attempt at humor--we owe to this book! A milestone. Because of that, this book is so beloved in our house, it's like a family member or a longtime friend: always welcome, always funny, always a delight--and never grows old. "Rilla Rilla" for life!
Order the Hardcover Version instead of the Board Book Version

1.0 out of 5.0 by John on March 11, 2015
I recommend hardcover version instead of the board book. The pictures are cut off on the board book because it is so small (about the size of my hand). The illustrations are what make this book so great. If you and your child like the book, I suggest the full hardcover version. The difference in the cost is not worth the savings.
Vibrant Images but Cropped

4.0 out of 5.0 by Michael DeCato on January 12, 2017
This is a very nice board book. The colors are vastly brighter than the paper edition and it's perfect for babies and toddlers that have a tendency to tear pages. My only issue with this edition is that the images are not scaled down to fit the reduced size of the book from the original. It is as though they used the same size images from the original copy (which is about 20% to 30% larger than this book) and they cropped them. This doesn't completely take away from book, though, and there is still enough of the images for the story. I just wish it was a bit bigger to get the full images.

-1 star for the cropped images, but otherwise this is a great edition of this book.
Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight

4.0 out of 5.0 by K. Kroll on February 24, 2016
This one isn't my husband's favorite, because he says it's too long and the zookeeper is bad at his job. But my 20-month-old son and I love it. I've read it to him since he was a baby.

My son's favorite part is when the zookeeper's wife hears all the animals say goodnight, sits up with her eyes wide open and turns on the light to find a smiling gorilla in bed with her. He turns the pages to repeat that over and over.

I like that the illustrations are very detailed, and I can find different things to point out to my son as I narrate the story like the zookeeper's name or that the armadillo has a bottle and pacifier or the banana peel on the last page. When he gets older, I'll ask him who he thinks ate the banana and what he thinks will happen when the zookeeper wakes up in the morning.

The reason I am taking off a star is that our first copy fell apart, and I ordered a second copy. My son loves to turn the pages and was rough with the book. But, I think the bookbinding and spine are done a bit too loosely and that makes it easier to tear apart.
Amateurishly done Kindle Version

1.0 out of 5.0 by ThirstyPrisoner on April 3, 2016
My son loves the physical version of this book, so we grabbed the Kindle version to take along on trips. Unfortunately, the artwork is relegated to a thin strip in the middle of the page making it difficult to really enjoy. What's worse, the artwork is cropped on some pages so that vital details are cut out. My son loved finding the hidden balloon on each page. Too bad that it was completely cropped out on some pages in this version. I'm not sure what publishers find so difficult in converting books to an acceptable Kindle format, but this book continues the trend of low resolution images, poorly utilized space, and a seeming lack of care for the original work.
My son's new favorite book

5.0 out of 5.0 by Rhiannon S. on June 27, 2016
This is definitely my son's new favorite book. I just received this a few days ago, and I can not tell you how many times he has had me read it to him and how many times he has looked at it on his own. The book has super cute illustrations and has animals that are not always seen in zoo books such as armadillos and hyenas. Each page has so much for him to look at. In each animal's cage, there are little toys to identify. Each cage is a different color so it helps to teach colors. On each page is balloon, and he has fun finding where it is in the sky in each picture. A charming little book that would be great for any small child. It is a good size for small hands, and the pages are nice and sturdy. They are slick, so sticky fingerprints can be easily removed with wet wipes. I am pleased that I purchased this book because it gives him so much pleasure.
Family favorite!!!

5.0 out of 5.0 by jr&smama on December 5, 2017
My son's all time favorite book. Buy this for everyone I know having a baby. There are not many words but we could read it quickly or take our time making up a story with animals sounds and actions, tell it form different character perspectives ( zoo keeper, gorilla, or mouse), talk about colors of keys and cage on each page, ask my son questions etc.... this little book has endless possibilities everytime you read it. Our copy is well wore and loved and will be passed down to my son's children some day.
Fun Children's Board Book

5.0 out of 5.0 by Lynn G. on August 21, 2016
Great colorful pictures
Lots of background detail
Only ten words, so time to use your imagination
Funny surprise ending
Good for infants, toddlers, and the very early beginning reader
Great to learn types of animals at a zoo
Lots of details
The gorilla stole the key
Challenge ---
Find the banana on a string in each drawing
You can't go wrong with this little gem of a book!

5.0 out of 5.0 by MIchigan Mom on April 28, 2017
This is an adorable and witty bed time book! When reading to my children, I always tried to imitate the animal voices saying goodnight: so soft & squeaky for a mouse, big & bold for the elephant and gruff & growly for the Lion. At one point the zookeeper's wife wakes up to realize all the animals followed her husband home & are getting settled on her bedroom floor. The entire page is black, except for her gasping eyes! I loved to gasp really loud at that point. As time went by, I got the joy of watching my very young children "reading" the story to themselves, making all the voice sounds and making a funny gasping face when the zookeeper's wife sits straight up in the dark. You can't go wrong with this little gem!
Great book with great illustrations even if it has no text

5.0 out of 5.0 by Karen Sanders on May 21, 2016
I usually hate, hate, hate books with no words. I dislike trying to come up with my own version of the story. But, even with Good Night Gorilla's lack of text I still find it to "tell" the author's story. I believe this is due to the charming and engaging illustrations on every page. The reader isn't left trying to grasp at the meaning of the illustrations as they are pretty much spelled out for you. My son still loves this book and he is 4 yr. old. Yes, we haven't read it in quite a while as he is really too old for it but, as I'm writing this review he sees the book's picture and is asking me where it is so that we can read it together again. It is great for me to know that he still loves it and that it had a good impact on his childhood memories. It is a great book with great illustrations, even if it has no text.