Beautiful Buehla and the Zany Zoo Makeover

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It's picture day at the zoo, and zookeeper Mr. Phibbs has to get the animals in tip-top shape — in a flash. Good thing Beautiful Buehla is on call, ready for a complete animal makeover.

And what could be more Beautiful than a pompadoured lion, disco bears, and a pink gorilla? Or maybe not . . .

In this hilarious picture book, Gary Hogg and Victoria Chess show that maybe it's best to stay true to what nature ...

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Overview

It's picture day at the zoo, and zookeeper Mr. Phibbs has to get the animals in tip-top shape — in a flash. Good thing Beautiful Buehla is on call, ready for a complete animal makeover.

And what could be more Beautiful than a pompadoured lion, disco bears, and a pink gorilla? Or maybe not . . .

In this hilarious picture book, Gary Hogg and Victoria Chess show that maybe it's best to stay true to what nature intended — no matter how outrageous or simple.

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When it is time for the zoo animals to have their photographs taken, Mr. Phibbs, the zookeeper, calls for help. Beautiful Buehla's Beauty Parlor has advertised that they can make "a BEAUTIFUL you!" Soon Buehla is on her way to fix the messy animals. She hairsprays the lion's mane into a curly heap. The hippo gets the works: lipstick, eye shadow, etc. Disco outfits suit up the bears, while Large Marge, the elephant, gets luscious eyelashes. Buehla calls all the snakes to strict attention. "Beautiful!" she exclaims after each transformation. She is spraying the gorilla pink when the photographer arrives and the animals line up, along with her. It takes an enormous elephant sneeze to bring the animals back to normal for the picture Mr. Phibbs really wanted; "Beautiful!" he bellows. This rather ordinary story becomes special when Chess's watercolors create scenes complete with all sorts of zoo details: stands of bamboo, wire fences, brick animal houses, and animals with real personalities. The perky heroine, seen touching up the hippo on the jacket, has a blonde top knot, red sneakers, a big smile, and a bag full of beauty products galore. The double-page illustrations depicting the animals lined up grinning for the photographer before and after the sneeze are delicious. 2006, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 4 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Pres-Gr 3-It's picture day at the zoo, and the animals are not ready. Mr. Phibbs, the zookeeper, calls the owner of Beautiful Buehla's Beauty Parlor to come to his rescue. She curls the lion's mane, applies lipstick and eye shadow to the hippo, and dresses the bears in loud disco outfits. When all of the creatures have been gussied up, Buehla gathers them together in front of the photographer. Mr. Phibbs is stunned with the animals' new look and is not sure how to react. Then a liberal amount of loose powder causes Marge the elephant to twitch and sneeze in the direction of the other zoo denizens, restoring them to their natural-and refreshingly beautiful-states. The subtle message-be true to oneself-is humorously conveyed through the text and illustrations. The animals look very uncomfortable with their outrageous makeovers while Buehla seems quite content with her flamboyant clothes and makeup. Readers will enjoy seeing the animals' bewildered expressions and the woman's ignorance to their reactions.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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“An amusing picture book that tells a new story in a familiar setting.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060094201
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Hogg is the author of many funny books for children, including Stop that Eyeball! and The Great Toilet Paper Caper. As a boy he beautified his dog, Tarfle, for a local dog show. After a quick roll in the dirt, Tarfle was back to his old mutt self. The judge was not impressed. A popular guest author at schools, Gary has shared his love for writing with more than one million students. He lives in Utah with his beautiful children, Jackson, Jonah, Annie, and Boone.

Victoria Chess is the illustrator of more than 100 books for children, including Slugs by David Greenberg, Tommy at the Grocery Store by Bill Grossman, and The Scaredy Cats by Barbara Bottner. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ben Hoffman.

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