Zoo Ah-Choooo

Zoo Ah-Choooo

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by Peter Mandel, Elwood H. Smith
     
 
Watch out! A giant ZOO AH-CHOOOO is headed your way! Funny sound effects and wacky illustrations make this a laugh-out-loud favorite.

Snow Leopard started it: Ah-choooo! Elephant passed it along: RRRrrr-eee-ahh-PHOOOO! Now twelve Seals are spreading it: Ka-Frrrooo OOOOOOOOMMMMM! A

Overview

Watch out! A giant ZOO AH-CHOOOO is headed your way! Funny sound effects and wacky illustrations make this a laugh-out-loud favorite.

Snow Leopard started it: Ah-choooo! Elephant passed it along: RRRrrr-eee-ahh-PHOOOO! Now twelve Seals are spreading it: Ka-Frrrooo OOOOOOOOMMMMM! A geyser bursts, a mud volcano erupts, and chaos reigns! The zookeeper tries his best to minimize the mayhem, but he can't keep up! Finally, he calls in the animal doctor. At last all is again quiet at the zoo until...was that a YAAAAWN?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yawns can be contagious, but sneezes? They sure are in this strangely sedate offering from Mandel (Jackhammer Sam) and Smith (Stalling), in which “a sleepy Sunday at the City Zoo” is disrupted by a snow leopard’s sneeze, with other animals following suit. Mandel has fun with the over-the-top sneeze sounds the animals make—the elephant’s “RRRrrr-eeeEEE-ahh-PHOOOO!!!” takes down a tree and flattens a fence, and the hippo’s “Kah-bah-RUMppphhhHHHH!!!” causes a mud volcano. Yet for all these outsize consequences, the brunt of the prose is overly descriptive and flat (“The Zookeeper knew he had to act. Act fast. Flamingos were floating. Foxes were fishing. The Polar Bear hung on to his iceberg”), and the quick-fix ending is unsatisfying. Smith’s pen, ink, and watercolor cartoons feature wide-eyed animals, perplexed zoo visitors, and plenty of geyserlike explosions, but never really create a true sense of chaos. The book ends as sleepily as it begins, with the animals snoozing (a gag that regular zoo-goers will appreciate), and even the promise of a second round of silliness isn’t enough to rescue this outing. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
Jeanette Hulick
A snow leopard's sneeze sets off a chain reaction of achoo-ing across the zoo. Mandel's euphonious text is a pleasure to read aloud ("Chunks of chocolaty gunk rained down everywhere. People put up umbrellas"), and it would be easy to encourage audiences to participate by echoing each animal's unique sneeze. The amusing asides of the visitors, the crazy-sounding sneezes ("Kah-bah-RUMppphhhHHHH!!!" sneezes the Hippo), and the frequent situational humor ("The Zookeeper tried wiping Zebras with spray cleaner") will all get kids giggling as well. Smith's goofy cartoonish art in muted tones is a perfect complement to the comical text. The Elephant's sneeze, for example, sends a startled-looking, pop-eyed bird flying upside down in the wake of the uprooted tree, while a mouse clings for dear life to a remnant of fence. Pair this with ... 'Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo' for a sneezy storytime; just be prepared to pass the tissues.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
School Library Journal
PreS-K—"It was a sleepy Sunday at the City Zoo….Suddenly, something unsleepy… flew through the zoo! It was a Zoo Ah-choooo." The Snow Leopard's sneeze proves contagious, and pretty soon all the animals are sneezing, causing havoc. The Zookeeper acts quickly and calls the vet, who prescribes a "Superfizzy sneeze solution." Things quiet down, but—what is that? "A Leopard's YAWN….Did anyone hear it?" Lively pen-and-ink, watercolor, and Photoshop cartoon illustrations join with the humorous text to tell the tale with panache. The story is similar to several others, including Patricia Thomas's "'Stand Back,' Said the Elephant, 'I'm Going to Sneeze!'" (Lothrop, 1971) and E. S. Redmond's Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo (Candlewick, 2009). However, the illustrations are entertaining and each animal has a different sneeze sound, which will appeal to young listeners. For collections that do not own the earlier titles or want another sneeze book, this will be a popular choice.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
There's an outbreak at the zoo! (Of germs, that is.) A sleepy Sunday is suddenly shattered by a loud sneeze. It's a "Zoo Ah-chooOO!" The snow leopard can't help himself. Trashcans, hats and flamingos go flying. Then the African elephant feels a tickle. (An elephant sneeze is much, much worse.) She slowly lifts her trunk and lets out a "RRRrrr-eeeEEE-ahh- / PHOOOO!!!" Trees are uprooted and the fence is blown flat. How can they stop this ah-choo from spreading before the whole zoo is destroyed? Luckily, a vet comes to the rescue with "a SUPERFIZZY sneeze solution"--but not before volcanoes of mud and geysers of water are sprayed everywhere. The narrative may be old hat, but gusty splatters and loud, boisterous sneezes can't lose with the preschool set. Smith's frenetic illustrations and wind-strewn aftermath provide an extra jolt of energy to the tale. However, Mandel does throw a twist in the end; the snow leopard starts another contagious chain of events--this time one that readers may not be able to resist as well. Break out the earplugs, not the tissues, for this ah-choo–filled read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423170
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
755,180
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Mandel is the author of ten children's books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Elwood Smith has created illustrations for more than a dozen books for children. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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Zoo Ah-Choooo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stuff.