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Charlie at the Zoo
     

Charlie at the Zoo

by 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Full of curiosity, Charlie, the oldest of five ducklings, goes off each day in search of new discoveries. On this particular day, he goes from the water, where he sees an "odd green animal" (a frog) to the meadow, where he encounters "a brown monster with an enormous tongue" (cow). This animal talks about the "zoo hat" on the ground near Charlie, and that is just the impetus Charlie needs to find and explore the zoo. There, he learns about hippos, orangutans, chameleons, sea lions, and leopards. The dye-cut on each page gives a small glimpse of the next animal Charlie is going to see. Factual information about each animal is included, such as what it eats, its life span, and if it is endangered. Small maps indicate each animal's native habitat. Right from the cover, Charlie seems to beckon the reader to join him on his journey. He has the wide-eyed innocence of a child. Each of the zoo animals is pictured in its natural setting. Its mix of realism and anthropomorphism serves to inform while keeping the tone light. This is a good title for beginning a discussion of animal habitats or animal types (e.g., wild, farm). It is also a good choice for a "visit to the zoo"-themed story hour for 4- to 7 year-olds. The occasional question aimed at the listener will keep preschoolers engaged in the story. The final endpapers present a map indicating where each animal is found in the zoo. Unfortunately, part of it is hidden by the book jacket. Nonetheless, this is a fun introduction to the zoo and its typical animals. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735821446
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Charlie Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.58(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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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