Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs

Overview

The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped  BASS  opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious  BOW  from the top of his  BASS  fiddle.

This terrific companion to  Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones  brings ...

See more details below
Hardcover (First Edition)
$12.84
BN.com price
(Save 24%)$16.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $9.18   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped  BASS  opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious  BOW  from the top of his  BASS  fiddle.

This terrific companion to  Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones  brings homographs to the spotlight for a show-stopping good time.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Baretta (who wrote about homophones in Dear Deer) stages an introduction to homographs at an animals' outdoor concert. On one spread, a chameleon lounges over a bowl of fruit and veggies to grasp the microphone: "Carmen Chameleon's entrance will entrance you. She's the only singer we know who can produce a fresh bowl of produce and blend into it." Young readers should appreciate Baretta's ability to construct miniature story lines using the homographs, and while phrases sometimes hit clunky notes ("Fortunately, she wound up landing on the back of a jellyfish, wound-free"), they are well-served by his starry-eyed, crowd-surfing menagerie. Ages 5–8. (June)
From the Publisher
“… [kids will] enjoy Barretta’s wit and the atmosphere of controlled chaos in the high-energy watercolor illustrations.” —Booklist Online

 

"Young readers should appreciate Barretta's ability to construct miniature story lines using the homographs, and while phrases sometimes hit clunky notes ("Fortunately, she wound up landing on the back of a jellyfish, wound-free"), they are well-served by his starry-eyed, crowd-surfing menagerie." —Publishers Weekly

 

"While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Zoola Palooza is an animal concert. That is, animals performing without cages on stages. The storyline tells about each animal and their concert, while using homographs; words that are spelled the same, but have different pronunciations and different meanings. If the reader is uncertain about the difference between homonyms, homophones, and homographs, then a short definition of each is provided in the front. A description of the cat concert reads, "Usually that cat loves to REBEL. But today he was just a REBEL without a cause." This text uses some words that young readers might be familiar with, but also introduces words they may not have heard before. Each spread is full of humor in words and humor in the pictures. This text would be especially helpful in the classroom to show students what homographs are and how the context of the word is extremely important in discovering the pronunciation and meaning. It is an excellent companion book to Baretta's Dear Deer, a book about homophones. Highly recommended for classrooms and school libraries. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The animals are out of the zoo for a concert: "Zoola Palooza. No cages. Just stages." Barretta incorporates homographs into his narrative about the wild happenings at the big show. A "striped BASS" in a "BOW tie" takes a "BOW" while playing the "BASS fiddle." Carter Pillar, the caterpillar, plays a "30-minute" solo on his "minute" guitar. At the end of the show, a family of feline fans plan to "live" in their car so they can drive to other shows and see repeat performances of Zoola Palooza "Live." Unfortunately, the intended audience for this animal-centric tale won't be familiar with many of the music and pop-culture references (a feline drummer referred to as a "rebel without his claws," power consoles, a band of groupies known as the Fa-So-La-Te-Does, a polka musician named Florence Welk, etc.). Further, regional differences may affect the logic of the word pairings, as with polka-dot and polka (referring to the dance), which have no difference in pronunciation in some parts of the country. Barretta's vibrant watercolors, filled with a rainbow assortment of animals in energetic poses, may attract casual browsers, but the book's main audience will find this act mostly out of step.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

A topic only rarely addressed gets whimsical treatment in this latest from wordplay master Barretta.

Homographs, a frequent source of confusion for readers, are words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently. Barretta helps children sort them out in this trip to an animal rock concert. Billy the striped bass plays the bass fiddle, while Florence Welk plays a polka on a polka-dot accordion. Puns and wordplay abound, and there is something for young and old alike—from the potty humor of the Seagull Sisters' "present" to the exhausted Catnip Clan drummer: "Usually that cat lives to REBEL. / But today he was just / a REBEL without his claws." From outstanding performances to lip-sync scandals, stage crew mishaps to faithful groupies, the fun doesn't stop at the text. Barretta's watercolors do a stellar job of incorporating all of the homographs presented on each spread (helpfully presented in all uppercase within the text), no matter how far-out and unrelated they may seem.

While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn. (Picture book. 5-10)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805091076
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 633,098
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)