With winter weather keeping visitors away, the animals in the zoo have slipped into doldrums, refusing to budge or share its each other's company. Only two creatures, one a baby kangaroo and the other a small hippo, seem to have any energy at allbut they have plenty. Their playful rhythm-keeping soon becomes infectious and all the other animals joining, teaching humans of all sizes that together we can beat the gloom.
ZooZicalby Judy Sierra, Marc Brown (Illustrator)
Winter weather is keeping children from visiting the zoo. So the animals are out of sorts—listless, grumpy, and no longer fun. All except two little friends, a very small hippo and a baby kangaroo. Their hip-hopping, toe-tapping, and rap-rocking soon has the other animals joining in the hip-aroo beat. "Racoons danced in pairs, baboons danced in troops, and snakes joined the dancers as live hula-hoops." Children's favorite songs get a funny new spin—seals bark out "The seals on the bus go round and round"—as the animals create their very own musical.
Young readers and listeners will be amazed and delighted at how the animals chase the winter doldrums by getting along as friends, pooling their talents, and pushing themselves to new heights. After all, these are the same clever animals who learned to read in Judy Sierra's and Marc Brown's Wild About Books, an award-winning New York Times #1 bestselling picture book. ZooZical is sure to inspire some "can do" fun in kindergarten and primary grades.
"Teens have Glee, tweens have High School Musical, and with this snappy follow-up to Wild About Books younger siblings can delight in the joy of putting on a show...With humor and gusto, Brown's richly textured folk art–inspired pictures convey the characters' dramatic shift in moods and imbue them with abundant personality. Meanwhile, Sierra's riffs on familiar tunes guarantee that readings will be very musical affairs, with children enthusiastic participants."
Carrying on where they left off withWild About Books(2004), their Seusshomage, Sierra and Brown find the good citizens of Springfield, and especially the residents of the zoo, overcome by the doldrums of winter.
It's windy and cold and snowy, and the sky can't get any lower. Leave it to two young'uns—a hippo and a kangaroo—to light the kind of fire that will get folks up and moving. In this case, a musical—or, more appropriately, a ZooZical—in which all the animals find a niche and partake in a peaceable kingdom mega-performance. Sierra and Brown have worked together enough by now to feel comfortable in each other's presence. They play off one another extremely well. Sierra's rhymed text is playful, with sassy touches—"Then on to the stage rolled ten seals on a bus, / Barking, 'Let's sing a tune that is all about us!' "—and her pacing is peerless. In lockstep with the proceedings are Brown's illustrations: merry and alive with energy. Here the raccoons are doing a jitterbug, there the snakes are exuberantly tying themselves into knots, while chorus lines of giraffes and macaques step out in style.
A book of sheer exuberance—vocal and visual—which surely will be reflected during read-alouds.(Picture book. 4-8)
- Random House Children's Books
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- 9.20(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
JUDY SIERRA is the author of many critically acclaimed children's books, including the New York Times bestseller Wild About Books, The Sleepy Little Alphabet, Born to Read, Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, and Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf.
MARC BROWN, best known as the creator of the Arthur books and TV show, has drawn on his love of primitive art in his paintings for ZooZical. Painted on wood and richly colored, they reflect the naive spirit of folk art at its best.
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I have a 2 and 4 year old and they LOVE this book! They sing along everytime we read it! Really fun book!