Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals

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Carnival of the Animals by John Lithgow, Boris Kulikov

But oh! what a fabulous night he had had,
When his world was turned into a zoo!

After wandering off from a school field trip, a young boy falls asleep in the Natural History Museum. There he sees his classmates, teachers, and family transformed into a menagerie of animals, from wild hyenas to stately peacocks.
John Lithgow's exhilarating word play, inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns's 1886 composition, provides a narrative arc to the piece for the first time. Lithgow created the text for the New York City Ballet, where the Carnival of the Animals ballet, with his narration, debuted in 2003. Boris Kulikov's witty artistic interpretation of the story adds to the fun.
A new recording of Saint-Saëns's suite, performed by Chamber Music Los Angeles under the direction of Bill Elliott, complete with John Lithgow's recitation of the text, is included on an enclosed CD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689867217
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Edition description: Book and CD
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 678,851
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at

Boris Kulikov, a former set and costume designer in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as a Flying Start by Publishers Weekly. He has also illustrated Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, The Perfect Friend by Yelena Romanova, and Carnival of Animals by John Lithgow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Carnival of the Animals 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mother-book-worm More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I think it is great for kids. Another reviewer felt it was for older kids, and I couldn't disagree more. My two and a half year old loved it. It is both intelligent and fun. We borrowed it from the library and I will be buying it for Christmas. This book would not be appropriate for most toddlers, but the recommended age of 5 - 10 is right on target.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was an interesting twist to the timeless musical piece Carnival of the Animals. Students who have no interest in music at all are drawn to this books funny antics, and memorable music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the illustrations are very nice and the book is lovely, the wording of this book is very inappropriate for young children. I had purchased this book to teach my elementary catholic school general music class. When I read it I was astounded to see that they opted to use Jackass instead of donkey and cock instead of peacock. Not what I wish to teach my students. It's not at all for ages 5-10. I'd recommend it for an older group of you wish to use it in the classroom. The recording is fine as well, but Lithgow's narration should have been rethought before publishing.