The Zoo I Drew

The Zoo I Drew

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by Todd H. Doodler
     
 

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The cutest, cleverest animal alphabet book in years!

Filled with graphically bold and laugh-out-loud animal art, The Zoo I Drew takes children on a bright and bumpy tour of the ABCs! Silly rhyming text introduces a menagerie of animals from the scaly alligator to the cuddly koala to the finicky panda to a sadly balding vulture to the X . . . Wait!

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Overview

The cutest, cleverest animal alphabet book in years!

Filled with graphically bold and laugh-out-loud animal art, The Zoo I Drew takes children on a bright and bumpy tour of the ABCs! Silly rhyming text introduces a menagerie of animals from the scaly alligator to the cuddly koala to the finicky panda to a sadly balding vulture to the X . . . Wait! Has anyone ever found a truly satisfying animal for the letter X? Only the youthful narrator-illustrator of The Zoo I Drew knows.

This book also features a fluted cover—a fancy term for ridges—that makes it visually appealing on the shelf and fun to hold!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The rather lame rhyming couplets of this ABC book simply provide the framework for double-page illustrations supposedly based on a visit to the zoo. Each creature is accompanied by the traditional "X is for" in bulky typeface along with the verse. A different color is used for each background. Doodler seems to have his fun reducing the animals to abstract shapes that barely resemble their real forms. His use of large white circles for eyes—many looking like gummed reinforcements—is disconcerting at times. But overall there is a strong design force at work, with frequent hints of comic intent. The bright red corrugated cover adds to the appeal, as do the turtles marching across the end pages. Young readers who do not seek realistic representation on the printed page may enjoy this amusing take on an overdone subgenre of picture books. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This playful alphabet offering combines bold artwork with rhyming, conversational text to muse about a variety of zoo residents. The cover, with its corrugated texture and an illustration of a giraffe equaled in height by a stack of turtles, invites readers to peer inside. Large graphic-style cartoon images of the animals, presented against solid-colored backdrops, fill the pages. Though the (sometimes awkward) verses offer a smattering of facts about each critter, they lean more toward the whimsical and occasionally encourage readers to think beyond the pictures. For example, a unicorn is included, but the author admits that it "…wasn't really at the zoo./i'm just seeing if you're paying attention,/so i played a trick on you!" He also ponders why a vulture, with its "bald, wrinkled head," doesn't "wear a wig" and comments seriously about fox fur coats. The entry for "X" cleverly skirts the issue: "i couldn't find an animal for x,/so instead i grabbed a quick snack" (a plate of cookies that is immediately consumed by the next animal, a yak). An additional purchase.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375852015
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
1,092,687
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Todd H. Doodler is a professional doodler. His doodles can be seen on clothing, paintings, as cartoons, and in fun books. The Zoo I Drew is his first book for children. He divides his time between the sunny states of Florida and California.

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