Back to Children's Literature
Grandfather Tang's Story
Good Night Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
A playful gorilla takes the zookeepers keys, unlocks many enclosures at the zoo, and all of the animals follow the zookeeper home for the night. The zookeeper’s wife realizes the animals are all in her bedroom and returns them to the zoo. However, the gorilla and his friend, the mouse, sneak back to the zookeeper’s home where they pop into bed and say goodnight.
Resources for Goodnight Gorilla:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
What happens when a mischievous gorilla lets all the animals out at the zoo?
Spatial reasoning Counting
Activities to Do Together:
Ask your child to describe the animals and what they see in each of the animal’s cages.
Find the mouse throughout the book.
Discuss patterns, routines, and location words. Notice the patterns on each page.
Describe the location of the animals in relation to each other: the gorilla is first, the elephant is second, etc. When the animals are in the zookeeper’s house, describe the location of the animals: the mouse is IN the drawer, the lion is NEXT TO the bed, etc.
What patterns did you notice in this book? Where did you see them?
Did all of the animals say goodnight to the zookeeper’s