Zoomer [NOOK Book]


In his debut picture book, Ned Young preuploadeds hilarious dog artwork in a silly-sweet story about getting ready for school.
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In his debut picture book, Ned Young preuploadeds hilarious dog artwork in a silly-sweet story about getting ready for school.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young's debut picture book features a lively puppy who insists he's “way too busy” to get ready for school, much to the frustration of his father (mom's away) and brothers. Although the text provides a routine description of ordinary family life, Young inserts fanciful visual illustrations of birds bowling in the treetops and pelicans appearing out of nowhere, making it clear that Zoomer's world is one in which just about anything can happen. Zoomer shows off his artistic talents by sculpting first an ornate dog food castle, then an enormous brontosaurus in the sandbox. Even more surreal, he sails a pirate ship on a sea created by a garden hose, transforms the sofa into an elephant, and crashes his spaceship through the roof of the house. Young's exuberant illustrations are the clear focal point—Zoomer's siblings and father are flat characters with generic dialogue (“I think that kid needs a major time-out,” complains one). Even the exclamation points are overdone as Zoomer gets the last laugh, reminding his family that he doesn't have to go to school because “TODAY IS... SATURDAY!!!!” Ages 3–7. (May)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Dad Dog is awakened before dawn by his exuberant pups' game of baseball on his bed. Mom is away and Dad is anxious to get the pups ready for school on time. Cooper and Hooper obediently make their beds, take their baths, put on their clean collars, and walk with Dad to the bus stop. Zoomer announces that he has a full schedule for the day and he is much to busy to go to school. Zoomer attempts to blow the world's largest bubble while taking his bath. While Cooper and Hooper are brushing their teeth and combing their hair, Zoomer is building an elaborate castle with canned dog food. He then makes a huge brontosaurus in the sand box, performs a magic trick, and launches his homemade rocket ship. He crashes into the roof where he meets a couple of penguins who agree to accompany him to the bus stop. Here he finally tells his frazzled dad why he is not going to school. It is Saturday! The colorful illustrations fill the pages with action and imagination. A fun choice for read aloud time. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—It's time for dog brothers Cooper, Hooper, and Zoomer to get ready for school, but Zoomer doesn't intend to go today. He's busy doing a variety of ridiculous things: blowing the world's largest bubble, making a giant sand brontosaurus, building a dog-food castle, and more. Dad does his best to corral Zoomer and his brothers through their morning routine, but in the end, the pup is right when he claims that he is staying home. It turns out to be Saturday. Bright, fun illustrations detailing Zoomer's ambitious undertakings are the highlight of the book. A choppy story line and a narrative that lacks transitions between one event and the next create an overall feeling of disconnect, causing this attempt at humorous exaggeration to be more confusing than funny.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Mom's away, but twins Hooper and Cooper diligently get ready for school anyway; Zoomer, however, energetically avoids the task despite his ineffectual dad's best efforts. This family of dogs lives in a large Victorian house, the puppies attend school and they behave in mostly human fashion. Zoomer engages in imaginative play that gradually becomes more real, moving from wearing a superhero costume to sailing a pirate ship to flying a rocket with two pelican pals. It's not quite clear where Zoomer is getting these superpowers or why, but he's having lots of fun while his tattling, better-behaved brothers proceed in orderly fashion. Though the plot is downright silly, the storytelling is flat and it's sometimes hard to distinguish among the four dogs, Zoomer has a certain zest about him. Young's busy, bright paintings in his first picture book show that he can illustrate wildly improbable animal antics in a humorous and more-or-less believable way. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062065643
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 761,888
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Ned Young is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose playful sense of humor is published on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards. This story about a very busy little dog is his picture-book debut.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Very funny, imaginative book

    We love this book. Zoomer is a creative pup and his dad and brothers react in very predictable ways. The book is not predictable, though, and has a great twist. Lots of fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    Wonderful book that our both we and our daughter love.

    We bought this book for our daughter's 3rd birthday, and it has become an instant favorite in our house. The illustrations are fantastic, with lots of little details that you keep finding the more you read the book (even after dozens of readings!). The story is extremely entertaining, stresses imagination, and most importantly keeps our daughter interested after many readings. Here's to hoping the author turns this into a series because we'd love to have more adventures with Zoomer and his family!

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