Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman.
G. P. Putnam's Sons/The Putnam & Grosset Group: NY, 1994.

The pictures tell it all. A zookeeper says good night to all the animals as he leaves the zoo, but the gorilla has snatched his keys and lets all of the animals out as they go along. The gorilla is hilarious as are the pictures with the parade of animals following the zookeeper home. The zookeeper is zonked out when his wife says goodnight, but all the animals answer her. Wouldn't you know it? She is the one to lead them back to their homes.

This is one of my favorite books for concentrating on the pictures and one of the best Good Night books. There is minimal text. Good Night, Moon is the most known now, but Rathman's story is much better. The colors in the book don't seem quite right to me, but the story is clever and funny.

related-zoo animals, zoos, good night, humorous stories, wordless stories
RL=PreK-1st, read aloud to toddlers and PreK

*Note-It now comes in large boardbook.

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