My Heart Is Like a Zoo

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

by Michael Hall

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061915109
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 229,811
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 1 - 5 Years

About the Author

Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall.


Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall.

What People are Saying About This

Brian Selznick

“Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love.”

Robert Sabuda

“It stole my heart.”

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

“Michael Hall’s My Heart Is Like a Zoo is a combination of deceptive simplicity and gorgeous graphic design. Colorful, fun, and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Chris Raschka

“Now hear this! The art in this book will astonish Earth!”

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing 6 days ago
May be to abstract for little ones, can do some animal noises and movement with the different animals. Describing all the different animals that are in your heart?!
alyson on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Bright colors, fun rhymes and very clever use of heart shapes to make all the animals. Buddy artists will be amazed that all these were created with hearts. Whether you use this as motivation for some art projects or as a read aloud before bed, this book will warm your heart.
asomers on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I can't wait to use this book with my classes. Great for teaching similes to older students and the pictures and text will appeal to younger students as well.
kowasuza on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Bold, bright and beautiful book of animals created using hearts in collages. Clever rhymes accompany the visually arresting illustrations creating a book that is fun to read out loud. A great book for a storytime for children ages 18 months to 4 years.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
This is a fun book that deals with animal similies. It was one of the books I read in class. The illustrations are made entirely of heart shapes which makes the book even more attractive to adults and to young readers who notice the effect.
aakauff on LibraryThing 6 days ago
With bright, bold pages and simple, rhyming text, My Heart Is Like a Zoo is certain to hold even the youngest readers¿ attention. Twenty different animals are featured in this debut picture book by graphic designer Michael Hall. Delightful alliteration also appears throughout, making this book a sure hit at storytime. What the illustrations lack in detail, they make up for in charm, as every animal image is the careful composite of multiple heart shapes. While the rhymes are sometimes more convenient than they are clever (ex: ¿Cool as a penguin,/crafty as a fox,/quiet as a caterpillar wearing knitted socks¿), the cheerful tone and silly descriptions will please young children. For ages 0-4. Recommended.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Hundreds of hearts come together to shape some animals both familiar and exotic in this rhyming romp through the various phases of a child's heart before they retire after a busy day (as busy as a zookeeper's even!). My Heart is Like a Zoo (2010) by Michael Hall introduces children to a variety of new concepts beyond emotions and feelings. The varied palette for both animals and backgrounds can introduce colors as easily as the animals themselves can be used for a counting exercise. Hall uses hearts and the occasional circle or rectangle to create all of the artwork inviting children to identify the various shapes and try to make some shape animals of their own. The large text and boldly colored artwork carry wide appeal as do Hall's clever turns of phrase about steady yaks and happy hippos. And, of course, as the cover shows very nicely the book is totally adorable! Hall's artwork and writing is fantastic and elevates what could have been a twee, simple book into a complex and entertaining picture book for readers of all ages. An attractive, versatile book My Heart is Like a Zoo is guaranteed to become a story time favorite.
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My students loved this book. We read it as a class and we spent several minutes on each page trying to count how many hearts were in each animal. One of my favorite responses after reading a story is "Again". This book is one of those books.