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1 Zany Zoo

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by Lori Degman, Colin Jack
     
 

Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo before the gates open? Foxes who steal keys, beavers who cook chili, hyenas who play the blues…when no one is looking, anything can happen! Readers won’t believe the antics of these wacky animals, and they’ll have a blast counting along with the simple text as they encounter each increasingly

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo before the gates open? Foxes who steal keys, beavers who cook chili, hyenas who play the blues…when no one is looking, anything can happen! Readers won’t believe the antics of these wacky animals, and they’ll have a blast counting along with the simple text as they encounter each increasingly crazy creature. First-time illustrator Colin Jack’s unique retro style paired with contest winner Lori Degman’s enthusiastic words provide an entertaining peek inside the zaniest zoo around!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
It is a zany zoo when a fox grabs the zookeeper's keys and sets all the animals free. A young boy tells the story of what he sees when he sneaks through the gate. In numbers one through ten and in rhyming verse, he tells about the chaos that develops throughout the zoo as the zookeeper chases the fox in order to retrieve the keys. Crazy things happen as two zebras snip the walrus's whiskers, three beavers cook lunch, four elephants pack up their trunks, and soon they all join in for some music. After more nonsensical events, the zookeeper shouts at them to get back in their cages. He locks the cages and sends the boy outside to get in line. As the boy says, it is "one zany zoo." Colorful and angular illustrations looking similar to cartoons show all the weird happenings. This is a book that could be read aloud to young children who might enjoy the ridiculous antics, but overall both the concept and the illustrations fall below quality literature. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 1—By sneaking into the zoo before it opens, a young boy witnesses "1 fearless fox" stealing the zookeeper's keys. Whimsical mayhem ensues as animals are freed from their cages. Hippos play musical chairs, beavers cook up chili for lunch, and leopards trade in their round spots for squares and triangles. All returns to normal, however, with one loud shout from the zookeeper, and the young boy is deposited back outside to wait in line. Degman's giggle-inducing rhymes move this read-aloud story along: "2 sporty zebras in goggles and flippers/were snipping the walrus's whiskers with clippers./One did the combing, the other the trimming./They swept up the clippings, then all four went swimming." Kids will enjoy hearing the catchy rhymes read multiple times. Digital cartoon images, made to appear like hand-drawn ink sketches, capture the swift movement and playful mood. Overall, this a fun romp through the zoo.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416989905
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
631,529
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Degman is a teacher for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She is the winner of Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author contest. Lori has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Colin Jack is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has illustrated several children’s books. He currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a story artist and character designer and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

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