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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...
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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.

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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 all—but 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.

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Starred Review, PublishersWeekly, June 6, 2011:
"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."

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The midwinter doldrums have settled in at the zoo in this sequel to Wild About Books (Knopf, 2004). Fun times might be gone for the others, but a small hippo and a young kangaroo set the place hip-hopping. Inspired by the pair, zoo inhabitants sing their versions of favorite children's songs ("Oh my darling porcupine," "If you're hoppy and you know it, clap your paws," and "For he's a jolly gorilla," to name a few). They work on posters, costumes, and scenery, and on a cold wintry night people come to see the musical extravaganza. The curtains rise on bears walking the tightrope, baboons dancing in troops, crocodile kids leading an alphabet song, and seals singing about seals on the bus. The grand finale features the young kangaroo leading the Zoo Hokey Pokey. "It was one of those times that you hope never ends,/When penguins and pandas and pythons are friends,/When tigers don't bite, when the doldrums take flight,/On a magical, musical ZooZical night." Brown's bright, energetic animals hop, jump, prance, and dance across generous full-color spreads. Sierra's language-rich couplets with their easy rhythms will have young readers tapping their toes. This joyous sing-along, read-along romp is guaranteed to chase away the doldrums any time of year.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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K-Gr 2—The midwinter doldrums have settled in at the zoo in this sequel to Wild About Books (Knopf, 2004). Fun times might be gone for the others, but a small hippo and a young kangaroo set the place hip-hopping. Inspired by the pair, zoo inhabitants sing their versions of favorite children's songs ("Oh my darling porcupine," "If you're hoppy and you know it, clap your paws," and "For he's a jolly gorilla," to name a few). They work on posters, costumes, and scenery, and on a cold wintry night people come to see the musical extravaganza. The curtains rise on bears walking the tightrope, baboons dancing in troops, crocodile kids leading an alphabet song, and seals singing about seals on the bus. The grand finale features the young kangaroo leading the Zoo Hokey Pokey. "It was one of those times that you hope never ends,/When penguins and pandas and pythons are friends,/When tigers don't bite, when the doldrums take flight,/On a magical, musical ZooZical night." Brown's bright, energetic animals hop, jump, prance, and dance across generous full-color spreads. Sierra's language-rich couplets with their easy rhythms will have young readers tapping their toes. This joyous sing-along, read-along romp is guaranteed to chase away the doldrums any time of year.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Publishers Weekly
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. When the book opens, the "midwinter doldrums" have descended on the zoo: "Owls did not give a hoot./ Pandas quit being cute./ Even penguins were surly./ The Zoo gates closed early." But a young hippo and a joey beat the blahs with a spirited, spontaneous dance, and entice the other creatures to stage a "ZooZical," a musical extravaganza that spotlights their many talents ("Bears walked the tightrope with elegant ease/ Flamingos whizzed by on the flying trapeze") and delights their human audience. 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 (rabbits sing "If you're hoppy and you know it, clap your paws..."; seals roll onstage on a bus, barking, "The seals on the bus go round and round...") guarantee that readings will be very musical affairs, with children enthusiastic participants. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The award-winning, best-selling team of Judy Sierra and Marc Brown (Wild About Books) returns with a rollicking romp about zoo animals who (this time) are wild about musicals. In the midst of the dreary "winter doldrums," when "Even penguins were surly" and "The zoo gates closed early," a very small hippo and a very young kangaroo suddenly get the bright idea to start hip-hopping all over the zoo. And then, in classic Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney style, they decide to put on a musical, encouraging their fellow zoo denizens to discover talents they never knew they had. The gala opening night features tightrope-walking bears, trapeze-flying flamingos, dancing raccoons and baboons, and even snakes playing the role of "live hula hoops," climaxing in a "wild karaoke" cleverly rhymed with the "zoo hokey-pokey." Sierra's text trips merrily from the tongue, and Brown's oversized, vividly colored, folk-art-inspired paintings burst off the page with joyously infectious energy. This "magical, musical ZooZical" is guaranteed to get readers vicariously toe-tapping, and to banish winter doldrums for good. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375968471
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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    My little ones LOVE this book!

    I have a 2 and 4 year old and they LOVE this book! They sing along everytime we read it! Really fun book!

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