One Night in the Zoo


So, what did the other animals do? You can count on them to astonish you! It's the beginning of an extraordinary night of wild antics, high spirits and unthinkable surprises from all the zoo animals, and still nobody knew —except of course, YOU!

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So, what did the other animals do? You can count on them to astonish you! It's the beginning of an extraordinary night of wild antics, high spirits and unthinkable surprises from all the zoo animals, and still nobody knew —except of course, YOU!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"One magical, moonlit night in the zoo/ An elephant jumped in the air and flew. But nobody knew." Thus begins the lyrical verse story, rich in assonance, which details the amazing activities of the animals: crocodile, lions, and bears among others. As we follow them in the night, we are counting through five flamingos, six rabbits, all the way to the ten cocks that warn the animals to get back in their places as dawn breaks and the keeper arrives. Throughout there is the repeated refrain, "...nobody knew..." "Except you!" notes the monkey at the end, presenting a visual reminder with all the animals and numbers across the final double page. Colored pencils create dreamy, textured scenes, in muted tones, that leave much of the double pages white. The animals resemble natural creatures interpreted here for humorous effect. The kangaroo and crocodile are on a modified tandem bike; rabbits with open umbrellas use a giraffe for a platform from which to jump. The scratchy quality contributes to the otherworldly atmosphere. The bright red combs of the roosters surprise us; we can almost hear their warning call. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Children can count from 1 to 10 by viewing the antics of zoo animals. The author uses a multitude of words that rhyme with zoo (flew, kangaroo, gnu, stew) to describe the secret nighttime activities of these familiar creatures. However, this constant rhyme begins to sound silly and tedious. "Four bears cooked a squid and squidgeberry stew/Which turned five flamingos/from pink to blue." The culminating spread shows all of the animals grouped by their respective number for a final counting exercise. Pale pastel-colored pencil artwork looks washed out despite the action-filled poses. The text font is large, and words are simple enough for beginning readers. This is merely supplemental to the many outstanding counting books that are currently available.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Bright, cheerful rhymes and soft, witty illustrations tell the story of a most curious night at the zoo while presenting the numbers one to ten in this smart and silly counting book. What did the zoo animals do on this particular evening? Definitely not what you'd expect. The imaginative ideas will have children giggling, and the simplicity of the rhymes will encourage readers to come up with their own. As the text dances along, it explains that one elephant flew, a crocodile and kangaroo rode a bike for two, three lions entertained a gnu and so on, until ten cocks cockadoodledoo! to let the animals know the keepers have arrived in the morning. Children will enjoy spotting the mischievous animals that do not return to their proper places and will be deeply satisfied to hear that although the animals seem tired, nobody knew what they were up to during the night (" . . . Except you!"). A recap of all the animals counted is included at the end. A fun-filled selection, great for home and for the classroom. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935279372
  • Publisher: EDC Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,380,457
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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