Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

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Overview

Follow a sniffly girl on a hands-on trip to the zoo, and you’ll find one miserable menagerie — and a comical ode to the virtue of tissues.

ALL OF THE ANIMALS DOWN AT THE ZOO
ARE SNUFFLING AND SNORTING AND SNEEZING ACHOO.

Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo. . . . Kids will be happily grossed ...

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Overview

Follow a sniffly girl on a hands-on trip to the zoo, and you’ll find one miserable menagerie — and a comical ode to the virtue of tissues.

ALL OF THE ANIMALS DOWN AT THE ZOO
ARE SNUFFLING AND SNORTING AND SNEEZING ACHOO.

Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo. . . . Kids will be happily grossed out to follow the icky trail as she pets one hapless, bleary-eyed creature after another. With whimsical, stylized illustrations showing Felicity’s handprints on every spread, this cautionary tale will have readers roaring out loud — and racing off to wash their hands!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
As the cold and flu season arrives regularly, youngsters need all the reminders possible to use tissues and wash their hands. Redmond uses deftly crafted humorous verse to tell a cautionary tale that reinforces the message. The animals at the zoo are all "snuffling and snorting and sneezing ACHOO." And it all starts when Felicity Floo arrives there and wipes her running nose without a tissue. She then proceeds to pet creature after creature with her fingers "sticky with green, gloppy goo." And her green handprints are left on everything from llamas and lizards to elephants, flamingos, and the panda and zebra. She leaves behind a cold "… so big/ That they named it the Floo." Redmond's nervous black pen-and-ink line and watercolor illustrations fill the double pages with typical zoo plantings, fences, and visitors. But most of all she creates a collection of creatures with very sad faces and slouching attitudes. The center of it all is little miss Felicity, a bit cartoony in her too-big shoes and long trailing scarf, whose large, unblinking eyes stare innocently at the wary animals. In our amusement, it is all too easy to forget the results of her carelessness. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—There is big trouble: "It started one day with a trip to the zoo/When a pale, sniffly girl named Felicity Floo/Wiped her red, runny nose without a tissue." Ignoring the "please do not pet the animals" sign, Felicity goes around petting and riding and cozying up to all the occupants, and they all get sick. The book then ends with the caution: "Her cold got so big/That they named it The Floo./You may not believe me,/But if I were you,/I think I'd go bowling/And not to the zoo." Told in verse with every line ending in a word that rhymes with "zoo," the story may be a little gross, but the overall package is humorous. The distinctive watercolor and ink illustrations in subdued shades of green, gray, and brown are a perfect match for the text. They feature large-eyed, waiflike Felicity decked out in purple and placing her very visible sickly green handprints on every animal pictured. Young readers and storytime attendees will delight in the antics and receive a timely lesson in hygiene as well.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
You've heard of Typhoid Mary. Well, meet Felicity Floo, a snot-ridden little plague child elegantly (in a nauseating way) drawn by newcomer Redmond. Felicity's nose is running, but that doesn't keep her from visiting the zoo and visiting upon its inhabitants the product of her sniffles, which coats her hands after a good nose swipe. Felicity Floo hasn't a clue about that thing called a tissue. Readers watch as she makes her progress through the zoo, leaving a trail of gunky-green handprints upon the beasts. The rhyming couplets have an easy music and simply chart Felicity's encounters with "flamingoes and toucans and owls that flew, / . . . a blue-footed booby and rare jabiru." The cautionary tale here hardly lurks, but it's not out waving an admonitory finger either; the medium of this message is gross fun. The watercolors are subdued, though occasionally flashing deep red, purple and orange; the line work is delicate. The animals' faces are hugely expressive, shocked and dismayed. Then there's Felicity, with sunken eyes and red beezer, whom you don't have to like to enjoy. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634445
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 505,164
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

E. S. Redmond was inspired to write this, her first book, after a trip with her children to a petting zoo. She says, "I remember watching all these smiling, wobbling toddlers surrounding the animals. Every little nose was running, and the sheep resembled very large mounds of tissue. It struck me as altogether funny and ironic that the hand soap was mounted on the fence at the exit. Nice for us, not so great for the sheep." E. S. Redmond lives in Massachusetts.
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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    We love this book. The illustrations are cute, the story is fun

    We love this book. The illustrations are cute, the story is fun and flows well. It's one of those books that you enjoy reading out loud because it rhymes well. We would love the author to make more Felicity Floo books! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    As a father of 2, I like to read books that are not too long - that engage my kids (again and again) and that also give me a little something to pay attention to. This book has it all. The illustrations are very original and detailed, the rhyming is cute for the kids but also sophisticated. My kids love it. I highly recommend this book to other parents.

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