Pfister (the Rainbow Fish books) introduces an inquisitive duckling who leaves his mother and siblings to explore the area surrounding their pond. He encounters several animals (none of which the text identifies by name) before a cow (a "brown monster" who has accidentally licked the napping Charlie with her alarmingly large tongue) tells him about a nearby zoo. Charlie decides he wants to go there and dons a baseball cap emblazoned with the word "zoo," which is inexplicably lying in the reeds. The narrative then switches gears and becomes more factual, providing information about the habits and habitats of animals at the zoo. The graphics carry the book, with elaborately die-cut pages offering a partial glimpse of the animal being described before its identity is revealed. Some visual effects are mildly jarring, among them the anthropomorphized Charlie's resemblance to a stuffed animal, a startling contrast to the realistically rendered zoo animals. But the work is classic Pfister, and his fans will be tickled to accompany Charlie on his first visit to the zoo. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Charlie at the Zooby Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James (Illustrator)
When Charlie decides to explore the zoo, this cute little quacker finds adventure around every corner. With cunning die-cuts on every spread, children will delight in getting just a peek of the animal Charlie is describing and mimicking. They will enjoy the surprise when the animal is revealed with the next turn of the page. Stunning illustrations present a variety
When Charlie decides to explore the zoo, this cute little quacker finds adventure around every corner. With cunning die-cuts on every spread, children will delight in getting just a peek of the animal Charlie is describing and mimicking. They will enjoy the surprise when the animal is revealed with the next turn of the page. Stunning illustrations present a variety of zoo animals from Charlie's petite perspective in this delightful new work by the creator of The Rainbow Fish. In addition, each animal is accompanied by information about its normal habitat, eating habits, and more. With its vibrant palette and popular zoo theme, Charlie at the Zoo is a natural for displays and promotions. Zoos are popular in every community and many summer reading programs use zoo themes to promote reading programs for their youngest patrons.
Meet the Author
Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.
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