Welcome to the Zoo!

Welcome to the Zoo!

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by Alison Jay
     
 

In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no other-where more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit. Before the tour is over, kids will meet hippos, giraffes, penguins pursuing a platter of fish, exotic

Overview

In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no other-where more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit. Before the tour is over, kids will meet hippos, giraffes, penguins pursuing a platter of fish, exotic birds, bears, mischievous monkeys, and much more.

There's a search-and-find element too: The last spread invites readers to go back and discover a number of amusing details throughout the book. With so much to explore, children are sure to-as the sign at the end proclaims-come again soon!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Working in the burnished, crackle-varnished surfaces that are her signature, Jay (1-2-3: A Child's First Counting Book) takes the idea of a cageless zoo to the extreme, imagining humans and animals mingling with all the privileged coolness of habitués of a five-star resort. Pairs of self-possessed raccoons and humans in chic sunglasses regard each other as fellow hipsters; families and a panoply of bear species tuck into some al fresco snacks with impeccable manners; and a monkey buys ice cream from a vendor. As in many of Jay's works, there are virtually no words. Richly populated tableaux are threaded with ministories, and readers can follow the respective trails of a runaway balloon and bonnet, as well as the vain attempts of a zookeeper to corral an ostrich. But the overall effect falls short of Jay's best titles with fairy tale or nursery rhyme themes. The more ordinary setting (however extraordinary some of the elements) results in an emotionally flatter impression; the experience is more cerebral than beguiling. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Jay leads readers on a journey through a fantastical zoo in this wordless picture book. Here, there are no cages, and the animals interact freely with the families and zookeepers roaming the park. The book has numerous mini-stories. Children can follow a family of four, a boy with a penguin balloon, and a couple with a perky French poodle, or simply watch the mischievous animals engage in remarkably humanlike activities. One side of the last spread asks readers: "Now that you've walked through the zoo, can you find...?" and shows cameos for careful observers to spot. The other side challenges perceptive youngsters: "What else can you find?" and asks questions such as "Whose legs are these?" and "Whose lunch is this?" Jay's distinctive crackle-varnished paintings are light and fun. Her colors are soft and her shapes rounded, making the animals as friendly as the stuffed toys on a child's bed. Youngsters will have a grand time tracing the movements of everything from parakeets to pandas.-Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT

Kirkus Reviews
This whimsical zoo is a wonder. Clean oils overlaid with crackling varnish portray the busy zoo in a series of snapshots, each double-page spread offering a glimpse into fanciful human-animal interactions. While a family of four views the exhibits, the free-roaming animals observe the human visitors dressed in colorful hats and formal attire. The traditional zoo roles are hilariously reversed: The primates read the paper, but the elongated human figures, in black-and-white ensembles, resemble statuesque penguins. Numerous stories are developed continuously in this wordless narrative; each page turn enhances the drama. Smaller details shine, from a hat blowing in the wind to an ostrich's victory over his zookeeper pursuer. Dominant characters are depicted against soft blue, gold and green backdrops; the tiger's tongue uncurling as his mouth stretches in an enormous yawn fully captures the animal's personality. Jay encourages the audience to peruse the pages again, offering unusual details in each viewing. Children will delight in visiting this magical place, where the wacky animals are the well-deserved premier attraction. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803731776
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
516,494
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 2 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Jay lives in London, England

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Welcome to the Zoo! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LauraLyle More than 1 year ago
My son loves reading this book and he studies the pictures intently.  I have other books by this author also and he loves them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish this came in a board book in the US like the one I got in England. My kids have both loved it as they get to spot animals and there is a different story or experience every time.
Texas_Mom_of_Two More than 1 year ago
This is a true picture book: the entire story is told through pictures and there is no text. It consists of a dozen double-page richly detailed illustrations that document a family's trip through a zoo. There at least eight different plotlines depicted, all clear and funny and appropriate for small children. In addition, there are dozens of little visual puns, like a couple wearing sunglasses observing a bemused pair of raccoons. In addition, the inside covers contain a zoo map and a set of clues to look for.

I can't say enough great things about this book. My toddler received Alison Jay's ABC book and absolutely loved it. I donated a copy to her preschool class and was told that they ALL absolutely loved it. So I have been searching out her other books and got this one. In terms of storyline, it is basically a sequel to the ABC book, though it certainly stands on it's own. Like the ABC book, it is enormously interactive. Tiny children and adults can spend hours 'reading' and re-reading it, finding new secrets each time.