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This article is about the Donkey Kong 64 enemy. For a list of books based on the Super Mario franchise, see List of publications. For the item from Mario's Time Machine, see Book (item). For the book in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam containing the paper world, see Mysterious book.
In-game render of a Book from Donkey Kong 64
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

Books[1] are large red library books that appear only in a library passage within Creepy Castle in Donkey Kong 64. A Golden Banana appears at the end of the passageway, which can be accessed only by Donkey Kong, but several Books are blocking the path to it. The Books endlessly and rapidly flap between two adjacent bookcases. Donkey Kong can safely pass through the Books only by using his Strong Kong ability. Books cannot be defeated, and they vanish if they hit Donkey Kong, who is injured by the attack unless his Strong Kong ability is active. If Donkey Kong stands in the path of a Book, it does not fly through him and instead glares at him, then vanishes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほん[2]


  • Books bear a strong resemblance to Cheato from the Banjo-Kazooie series, which have an overlapping development team and period with Donkey Kong 64.
  • The book title on a Book's front cover reads DK64 Players Guide, a reference to Donkey Kong 64's corresponding Nintendo Power guide. The title is too faint to read within the game itself.
  • The attack patterns of Books are similar to those of Bookends in the library of Big Boo's Haunt in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS.


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide on, Nintendo. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコング64任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 111.