The celebrated John Burningham opens the door to a child’s secret adventure in this picture-book classic.
What if you noticed a door in your bedroom that wasn’t there before? And what if it led to a passage to . . . the zoo? You might want to take just one little bear back to your room with you, or maybe just all the smaller animals. But how could you resist the penguins and the tigers and the birds? In this classic child’s fantasy featuring John Burningham’s delightfully expressive artwork, an unlocked door leads to pandemonium — and one little girl’s formidable voice reins in an entire menagerie.
About the Author
John Burningham (1936-2019) was one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham wrote and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He and his wife, Helen Oxenbury, had three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a picture book, and the story is about a girl who finds a door in her bedroom wall that leads to a zoo! I found it really fun when she discovered that door! She goes to the zoo every night and bring all the small animals over to sleep with her in her bed. The best part is toward the end – it is really funny! I won’t give it away – read it for yourself to see what I mean! This is a simple picture book and even my 2-year-old brother enjoyed it when I read it to him. Both of us loved seeing all the different animals in the story. It really sparked my imagination and made me want to have adventures like her! The illustrations are nice too. I would have liked it to be a bit more colorful, but it is also fine the way it is. I think this would be a great book for bedtime, because it is so peaceful and there are no bad or scary parts to the story. I would recommend this book for kids who are preschool to early elementary age (4 to 7 years old), who like peaceful, fun adventures. I gave this book 5 stars because both me and my brother loved it, and I like positive, happy stories like this one! Review by Dhruv K., age 6, North Texas Mensa