Book: Good Night, Gorilla

Have you ever heard of the 39 words?

The 39 words is an organization of zoo animals intent on evading bedtime through keen observation, stealth, and sleight of hand. Our trusty Agent Zookeeper delivers the code words “Good Night” which should signal the animals that it’s time to become sleepers. But unbeknownst to him, Double-Agent Gorilla is on his trail, a set of keys in tow…

Will the animals be able to stay up past their bedtimes?
Can you tell a story with only 39 words before your kiddo falls asleep?
The only way to find out is to read all 39 words…

Note: The best image in Good Night, Gorilla is the pitch black darkness of the zookeeper’s room punctuated by a set of startled eyeballs (you’ll have to read it to find out why!). It is the definitive “Zoinks!” moment.

Peggy Rathman may be better known for the Caldecott-winning Officer Buckle & Gloria.


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