Panda-monium at Peek Zoo

Overview

Zookeeper Mr. Peek causes pandemonium again!

Peek Zoo is holding an animal parade to celebrate the birth of their baby panda. But when the day arrives, nothing is ready. As Mr. Peek races around preparing, he leaves a trail of chaos — including an escaped baby panda heading for the lion’s den! Thank goodness Mr. Peek’s son, Jimmy, is there to save the day and ensure the crowd gets the best animal parade ever — marching proudly across a huge ...

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Overview

Zookeeper Mr. Peek causes pandemonium again!

Peek Zoo is holding an animal parade to celebrate the birth of their baby panda. But when the day arrives, nothing is ready. As Mr. Peek races around preparing, he leaves a trail of chaos — including an escaped baby panda heading for the lion’s den! Thank goodness Mr. Peek’s son, Jimmy, is there to save the day and ensure the crowd gets the best animal parade ever — marching proudly across a huge gatefold!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
In this sequel to Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, zookeeper Mr. Peek is throwing a celebration to celebrate the birth of a baby panda, Lulu, and he’s so excited about it that he’s getting distracted from the tasks at hand. He neglects to close up the penguin pen, waxes the turtles’ shells with shoe polish, and forgets to feed Mr. Whiskerwitz the lion—which isn’t good when Lulu wanders into the lion’s enclosure. Luckily, Mr. Peek’s son is on top of things, ensuring that the festivities end with a parade, not panda-cide. Cheeky visual humor and a kids-save-the-day plot provide plenty of entertainment. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
Few will be able to resist this sweet tale of adult incompetence and youthful problem-solving skills.
—Kirkus Reviews

Cheeky visual humor and a kids-save-the-day plot provide plenty of entertainment.
—Publishers Weekly

Waldron’s digital illustrations combine flat patches of vivid color, painterly textures, and samples of (intentionally pixilated) photographs, arranged in dynamic composition, all with a decidedly Beatles-era British aesthetic. Each of Peek’s obvious missteps is depicted, and children will enjoy searching the illustrations for more visual jokes. A final gatefold exhibits the eventual parade, complete with a hilarious promise for one last hiccup. This one packs plenty of fun for shared reading and plenty of detail for repeated, individual exploration.
—Booklist

The bungling Mr. Peek is back. After creating confusion in Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, he now plans an animal parade to celebrate a newborn panda. ... People and objects are composed of colored shapes, large and small, helping to define focal areas.
—Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Mr. Peek, zookeeper at the Peek Zoo, has decided that the birth of a new baby panda calls for a celebration! He plans a free zoo day, complete with an animal parade. He looks forward to the parade especially, as a precisely managed event with “animals marching through the zoo in a perfect straight line—everything in apple-pie order.” On the day of the event, Mr. Peek’s young son Jimmy helps prepare the zoo. Jimmy feeds the giraffes while Mr. Peek feeds the penguins (and leaves the gate open). Then, Jimmy checks the temperature in the gecko tanks while Mr. Peek checks the temperature in the polar bear habitat (but turns it to hot instead of cold). Jimmy washes the elephants while Mr. Peek polishes the tortoises (but he uses shoe polish instead of turtle wax). By the time Mr. Peek realizes that the penguins are out, the zoo is in utter disarray. Worst of all, the baby panda is missing! Fortunately, Jimmy has things well in hand. Young readers will laugh at this tale of a bumbling parent and his super-capable child. All’s well that ends well—or, as Mr. Peek says, “everything is tickety-boo at Peek Zoo!” Keep this book close to the child’s bedside; it is a sure bet as a bedtime favorite for many nights running. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Zookeeper Peek, in his bottle-green suit, prepares for a celebration of the new baby panda, but his to-do list is so long that he keeps getting distracted. An open gate allows penguins to follow him, tortoises are shoe-blacked instead of polished, and the thermostat in the polar habitat pool is turned to hot. Luckily, young Jimmy Peek helps correct mishaps-except for locating the missing guest of honor. Mr. Peek brainstorms a "special prize today for the first visitor to spot the baby panda," who sits in the cage of an unfed lion. But Jimmy saves the day with a can of Roar for Hungry Lions, so a gatefold of an animal parade concludes the festivities. Waldron's large cartoons of retro-clad people and use of varying typefaces add to the commotion. Sly views of the panda's covert journey keep concern at bay. An appealing addition.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-05
A parade, a party and a panda veer tenuously close to a disastrous fiasco in this charming sequel. Mr. Peek returns for his second adventure (Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, 2011). The zoo is welcoming the birth of a new baby panda, and its zookeeper wants to celebrate in style. As he tells his son, Jimmy, he wants everything to be "tickety-boo for our big day at Peek Zoo!" But while Jimmy does his chores to the letter, Mr. Peek has a tendency to get distracted. He singlehandedly paints some highly perturbed tortoises' shells black, nearly gives his polar bear heatstroke and manages to allow the new baby a means of escape. The near catastrophe is saved in the end by (who else?) Jimmy, and all is declared a grand success. The story comes shockingly, delightfully close to true horror (the baby panda is at one point within a hair's breadth of becoming lion food) but wraps up neatly by the end. The accompanying digital art resonates with the influence of 1960s designers and fizzes with energy. It's a true shame, though, that the attending hordes of visitors are disconcertingly, universally white. In spite of this misfire, few will be able to resist this sweet tale of adult incompetence and youthful problem-solving skills. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763666583
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,025,329
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Waldron loves to draw animal characters, so when his sketchbook became a paper zoo, he created Mr. Peek to take care of them. His first adventure, Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, won a Bologna Ragazzi Award. Kevin Waldron lives in New York City.
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