Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo

Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo

by Kevin Waldron


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Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo by Kevin Waldron

Poor old Mr. Peek the zookeeper has a bad start to his day. Will he notice what has gone wrong, or will he spread confusion throughout the zoo? (All ages)

When Mr. Peek puts on his son’s jacket by mistake, he starts to air all his insecurities as he goes on his daily rounds at the zoo. But unbeknownst to Mr. Peek, all the animals think he is talking about them! How will the unfortunate misunderstanding be cleared up? This debut picture book from a stunning new talent—winner of a Bologna Ragazzi Award—combines hilarious, distinctive illustrations with a fantastic story about how easily insecurities can spread.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763645496
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kevin Waldron loves to draw animal characters, so when his sketchbook became a paper zoo, he created Mr. Peek to take care of them all. He lives in London.

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Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sue_Corbett More than 1 year ago
Observant kids will note there are two green jackets hanging from the pegs in Mr. Peek's front hall as he's getting ready to go to his job at the zoo. The one he puts on is waytootight, fouling his mood and sending Mr. Peek into spasms of self-recrimination beginning with his out-loud declarations about weight gain - "You're getting very fat," he tells himself, a remark meant for his ears only that, unfortunately, the hippo believes is directed at her. And so it goes, as Mr. Peek inadvertently insults the penguins, the bear, the elephant, as he berates himself while making the morning rounds. Ah, but then his son shows up in a w a y t o o b i g green jacket and Mr. Peek's good humor is restored. He reverses course, this time brimming with only positive things to say. The animals' worries dissolve, too. There are a couple of on-point messages here for the kindergarten set - be careful what you say out loud, don't believe everything you hear, (not everything is about you), a good mood is contagious (as is a foul one). But most of all there are hilarious illustrations with clever touches everywhere, sure to spread smiles and elicit giggles.