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When attendance at the zoo is dwindling and visitors are bored, the director decides to close the facility. The animals are worried until the peacocks come up with a solution: jazz up their appearance. "Forget what you used to be,/forget what you were,/instead, let's paint patterns/on our skins and our fur." Chameleon uses his tongue to paint blue swirls on Orangutan. Mother Moose is no longer boring brown, but is covered with a blue geometric pattern. Hippo becomes "paisley-pot-a-miss." The "Art-imals" generate new enthusiasm among the visitors, who never yawn again. The bouncy verse is usually fast paced, but occasionally stumbles as it describes the children's sudden disinterest and the animals' subsequent change. The clean, delicate paintings expand the textual descriptions. Readers will appreciate the transformed creatures, finding new details with each reading. On some pages the text is printed on the background, while on others it appears in boxes to the side of the pictures. The result is visually uneven and somewhat disjointed. Certain parts sparkle with creativity, but as a whole, the book lacks polish.
—Carolyn JanssenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.